Desert Theatre

68 N. Broadway Avenue,
Burns, OR 97720

Unfavorite 2 people favorited this theater

Desert Theatre, Burns, OR -- 2010

Viewing: Photo | Street View

This theater has a pink marquee, pink doors and pink trim around the edge of the building. With the exception of the marquee, the building itself resembles a large cinderblock and is not particularly compelling. Local advertisements call this “The Historic Desert Theatre”.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

juliagreen
juliagreen on July 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I have definitely seen less “compelling” theatres. Burns is a place where architectural detail is a real luxury: the high desert weather (hot sun, high wind, snow, sleet, hail etc.) eats away even solidly utilitarian buildings. The Desert Theatre is as spartan as its surroundings but its owners have done nicely with their cinder block showcase.
Aside from looks, I think it is important remember that our Cinema Treasures are not always the Paramounts and the Foxes! I think The Last Picture Show is the sentiment of this on film: an important gathering place in a dying windswept Texas town. I read enraptured comments on the homely theatres so close to many peoples' hearts on CT all the time and while I only passed through Burns I know that its residents feel as strongly for their own “historic” theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 14, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Nice comments.Be nice to see how many locals feel about their"historic" theatre.I say that because when the Columbia Theatre in Harlem,Ga. revealed the new marquee only a handful showed up and most of them old employees from the 50’s and 60’s.I really think most locals could care less.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm

At least they show Star Wars.LOL as in the 1981 photo.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm

TLSLOEWS go to my page and punch in Vintage Movie ads You will go nuts looking at what Fredrick did the post.Great looking.

juliagreen
juliagreen on July 17, 2010 at 11:18 am

Thanks! We had lunch at a place that had a little flier about things around the community, including the “historic Desert Theatre.” You are right about general community interest in most preservation activities: and the smaller the community perhaps the smaller the subgroup of people into preservation/community history. However, in Oregon there is a LOT of pride in history, stemming perhaps from their pioneer roots. Yes…it would be interesting to see how many Burnians (Burners?) would show up to save the cinder block palace were it imperiled!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Thanks JuliaG. Harlem,Ga. Home of Oliver Hardy,think they might have changed the name to HARDY THEATRE when they redid the old COLUMBIA THEATRE marquee,named after the county the theatre is in.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on August 20, 2010 at 10:56 am

This photograph of the Desert Theatre was taken in 2010.

burns_local548962
burns_local548962 on February 5, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Us locals dearly apprecite our theater, but time is catching up to it in the technological age and needs updated upon its projector. Sadley we need to raise nearly $800,000 to pay for a new projector. so if you could donate please do. this is a historicl theater with one of the largest screens in oregon. We would greatly appreciate it——Burns local 548962

cinequip
cinequip on March 12, 2013 at 9:25 am

Ahhh, I think I can beat that price. Actual cost to upgrade to digital projection is around $42,000.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater