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Liberty Theatre, Astoria (Official)
Architects: John Bennes, Herman Herzog
Functions: Live Performances, Performing Arts
Styles: Italian Renaissance
The Liberty Theatre opened in 1925. This theatre underwent a restoration and renovation project in 2000. While the Liberty Theatre was once a movie house, it is now a venue for peforming arts and live entertainment.
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This theatre opened in 1925 and the architect firm was Bennes and Herzog.The style is listed as Italian Renaissance.The restoration is due to be completed sometime in 2005.
The renovations are complete on this theater! It is now a venue for live music and the performing arts. Its grand opening is tonight. Great story and some photos at www.dailyastorian.com …
The restoration of the Liberty Theater is very near completion. The exterior is still in nead of a paint job and there are other minor addition to come. A couple note worthy items are the installation of a new entry marquee and vertical signage based on historic photos and the restoration of the grand chandelier. The chandelier can be seen at: http://www.gkalighting.com/GKLiberty.html
Check back soon for an exterior photo.
Liberty Theater has a web site at http://www.liberty-theater.org
There was another Liberty Theater in Burns, OR, as seen in this photo from 1941:
Here is a link for the Astoria theater:
I was let into the Liberty for a five-minute look by a gracious box office employee last week. The interior is every bit as ornate and fanciful as the facade over the entrance.
I have been told that arrangements are underway to acquire and install a theatre pipe organ.
A few 2011 photos can be seen here and here.
The Liberty Theatre was recently featured on Travel Channels Ghost Adventures show. Zac Bagans and his Ghost Adventurers entered through a lower level door of the theater that took them into the tunnels that run beneath the town.
The Liberty Theatre had a temporary precursor, noted in the March 10, 1923 issue of Moving Picture World: