Egyptian Theatre

229 South Broadway,
Coos Bay, OR 97420

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General facade

Viewing: Photo | Street View

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 26 comments)

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on July 28, 2007 at 6:54 pm

Is there any hopeful news of a reopening…soon?

Evan39
Evan39 on October 14, 2007 at 2:47 am

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 8, 2009 at 8:54 am

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 29, 2010 at 5:21 am

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 6:53 pm

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 19, 2011 at 1:31 am

Great picture,chuck.

GKramer
GKramer on March 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm

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 3:54 pm

Is it open for business yet?

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on June 4, 2014 at 4:13 pm

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

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on November 8, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Finally made a visit to see ‘Halloween’ on Halloween night. I think the only other move I saw here was The Fugitive in 1993 on the main screen. Real happy to see the end result after years of fund raising and repairs, and they still have a few more projects to finish. But at least they are open for business again and can bring in some money.

Overall, I would give the decor an A+, it looks like a grand movie palace once again.

But as a film venue, and this is not the only means of entertainment here anymore. I would give it a C grade. Unfortunately, the last operator to run this theater placed a restriction on movies in order to have the Egyptian not compete with his other multi-plex in town. So they are left to p[ay the retro card, which is not a bad thing. However, the movies are projected off a DVD. Which means the film image does not take up the whole screen, the audio kept dropping out every now and then. And the disc paused for about a minute, which maybe was an overall indication of the quality presentation. Plus, since Halloween was filmed with very little light sources in some scenes, those shots were dimmer compared to a newer Digital projector. I hope I’m not being too not picky, just wanted to be fair in my critique. I’m still looking forward to coming back for a concert someday.

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