North Bend Theatre
125 Bendigo Boulevard North,
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On April 9, 1941, the North Bend Theatre opened its doors with Jay Tew as manager. It was built by Emmet Jackson. Construction was done by William Blaisdell and Herbert Johnson; the interior design was done by W.E. Stoddard.
The original theater had 412 seats.
It has continued operating as an independent movie theater since 1941. Now, under new ownership, the theater has undergone a major renovation. Every part of the building was improved without sacrificing the distinctive character of this Art Deco gem. The theater reopened in December 1999.
For 30 years, the theater was operated by North Bend locals Harry and Helen Trostel. On Oct. 1, 1999, Brian and Karlene Slover purchased the theater to continue operation as a movie house. They closed for a couple months to remodel the building in keeping with the original style. The renovation of the building was extensive — new roof, new air conditioning system, new bathrooms, fresh paint, new windows, new doors, a replica of the original sign, more leg room in the auditorium, new draperies, new projection and sound equipment. You name it, it was done.
The main auditorium now seats 297. A VIP balcony features four leather chairs.
There’s still a crying room, prices are reasonable, they serve espresso drinks; there are speakers in the lobby and the restrooms so you don’t miss a minute of action.
The theater’s website features an entertaining news story from April 1941 about the opening of the theater.
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