Egyptian Theatre

229 South Broadway,
Coos Bay, OR 97420

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With beautiful Egyptian architecture throughout, this theater was a real wonder to behold.

Built in 1925, the classic Egyptian Theatre still has its original 10-rank Wurlitzer organ and all of its original vaudeville backdrops and working stage.

The balcony was divided into two seperate auditoriums in 1976, but the main auditorium remained much the same way it has always been with the exception of new seats and speakers.

Each year they had a Christmas pipe organ concert along with a brass band on stage. The concert was incredibly popular.

In late-November 2005, after 80 years, the Egyptian Theatre showed its last film. There was talk of a legitimate theater company taking over the building, but nothing happened.

In 2007, the Egyptian Theatre reopened for movies, screening films more than five years old. They are projected via a Sony digital projector and the restoration work on the building continues. It was closed suddenly in March 2011, when the city authorities discovered structural problems. Repairs were carried out and the Egyptian Theatre re-opened June 20, 2014.

Contributed by Ken Layton. Micah Dill

Recent comments (view all 25 comments)

marbmr3
marbmr3 on October 30, 2006 at 9:19 am

I went to the Cleopatra showing on Sunday, it was wonderful to be back in the theater! Also to see Lee on the pipe organ and all for $3. What a deal! Maybe some old silent movies along with the organ would bring back a few memories and maybe a few new ones!

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on July 28, 2007 at 7:54 am

Is there any hopeful news of a reopening…soon?

Evan39
Evan39 on October 13, 2007 at 3:47 pm

Demoliton has begun on the two mini-theaters that take up the balcony of theater with the goal of returning the Egyptian to a theater with a usable balcony which would add about 300 more seats. Work is being done by inmates from the Shutter Creek Correctional Facility.

JPizzle
JPizzle on December 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Showing a movie from a DVD is perfectly legal as long as the studios are informed and a “ use fee ” is paid, generally around $200.00 or less depending on the movie in question.
35mm equipment is very expensive and many older films have to be played in a reel-to-reel style which requires 2 projectors.
Considering the cost of a ticket and the vintage of the films being shown a DVD projector is perfectly reasonable.

lavachickie
lavachickie on August 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Went to the Egyptian tonight to see National Lampoons Vacation. A grant for new lights justcame through and they were testing them tonight! Good to see so much love and work still going into this gem.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 16, 2010 at 8:53 am

This theater will be celebrating its 85th birthday on November 19 and 20, 2010: View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Great picture,chuck.

GKramer
GKramer on March 11, 2013 at 4:23 am

Last week the EPTA held another successful fund-raising event, on their way toward the $200K match to grant money for the $750K goal needed to complete the structural repairs and get the Egyptian back opened for business by 2014. This theatre is in good hands and will come back better than ever. Worth the wait!

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on June 4, 2014 at 4:54 am

Is it open for business yet?

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on June 4, 2014 at 5:13 am

According to the website, grand re-opening is scheduled for Friday, June 20.

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