Alger Theatre

24 South F Street,
Lakeview, OR 97630

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Opened in 1940 with 500 seats in orchestra and balcony levels. The Alger Theatre is a nice, small-town Art Deco style theatre. In recent years a stage was added to the auditorium, reducing the seating capacity to the current 344.

It was closed in March 2014, unable to afford the conversion to digital projection.

Contributed by Ken Layton

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Evan39 on May 14, 2005 at 12:38 pm

I visited Lakeview on May 12 and 13. The Alger Theater is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for movies but they are getting Star Wars III next week so will be open Thursday-Sunday. This theater is a classic looking 1930’s era theater which needs just a little tender loving care (paint, poster displays windows and lighting). Otherwise it’s a gem.

kencmcintyre on December 18, 2005 at 4:11 pm

From the UC Davis collection:

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kencmcintyre on September 7, 2007 at 10:58 pm

In the early sixties, Alger Theaters, headquartered in Lakeview, ran the Alger, Marius Theater and Circle J-M Drive-In, all in Lakeview. President was Janice Alger.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm

From the 1950s a photo postcard from Lakeview that captured a view of the Alger Theatre.

meheuck on August 25, 2011 at 3:25 am

Dennis Cozzalio wrote a wonderful piece about visiting this childhood haunt of his…or at least it was wonderful until a clueless projectionist tried to slough off running a scope movie with a flat lens:

George Kramer
George Kramer on August 12, 2013 at 4:35 pm

The State of Oregon inventory for this building says that it was designed and built by Merle Alger.

RobertR on April 1, 2014 at 8:36 am

So sad a true piece of Americana

hartmang on September 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm

I was in lakeview on Wednesday Sept 10th and told the present owner about the Kickstarter fundraiser program that helped save our theater in Lebanon, OR, but he said his attendance was so mediocre in Lakeview, he was not interested. Sad those people in town haven’t the interest to save the theater… about $20 from each would allow purchasing a used digital system. Instead a wonderful piece of history will vanish, the children will lose the wonder and fun of a real and historical theater adventure and the city will be less because of their lack of motivation. Very sad.

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