Lark Theater

Third Street,
McMinnville, OR

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The Lark Building in McMinnville started as retail space and was converted into a theater sometime in the 1920s. It had approximately 300 seat on the main level and 150 in the balcony.

It was one of three theaters (the Mack and Gaiety were the others)operating in McMinnville, Oregon through the early 1950s. It operated off and on after that time and was converted back to retail space sometime around 1967.

Contributed by Chas Springer

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 29, 2005 at 6:44 pm

The Film Daily Yearbook,1941 gives a seating capacity of 650. In the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. the seating capacity given is 643.

chspringer
chspringer on May 2, 2005 at 3:26 pm

The photo in the link above was taken before the larger marquee was installed, the canopy on the shop next door had been removed so the new marquee enjoyed an unobstructed view. I worked at the Mack and the Lark in the early 1960s as projectionist. The Mack held around 650 and the Lark was much smaller even with the balcony. I’m not sure where the F.D.Y got those seating capacity figures from. They can’t be right.

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