Historic Cameo Theatre

304 E. First Street,
Newberg, OR 97132

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Historic Cameo Theatre

The 490-seat Cameo Theatre was opened on August 20, 1937 with Marion Davies in “Ever Since Eve”. Ted Francis purchased the Cameo Theatre in 1940 and since then it has been independently owned and operated by the Francis Family. This theatre is a pleasant, well-managed, and truly charming small town movie theatre. It currently operates with a reduced seating capacity of 348.

The Francis Family also operate the 99 W Drive-In in Newberg.

Contributed by Ken Layton

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

Cami01
Cami01 on September 14, 2006 at 12:26 am

This beautiful Art Deco theatre is worth the drive from out of town to see a movie with a golden age atmosphere. In the 20’s and 30’s beautiful details did matter, and you can see it within the walls of this place that transports you to a time of glamour. Little change has been seen at the Cameo Theatre over the years, it’s a dream come true for history lovers. Open 7 nights a week.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Nice theatre,Marquee could use some work in the movie title putting up department.

RoadsideArchitecture.com
RoadsideArchitecture.com on December 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm

The neon sign was restored in 2011. A photo of it here.

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

A few 2011 photos can be seen here, here and here.

paulnelson
paulnelson on November 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Great marquee. Neon above is effective too. A treasure this is still open. Any interior pics?

chspringer
chspringer on November 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Some interiors are at the theatres website. http://www.99w.com/

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on November 8, 2013 at 12:07 am

Warner Bros. Studio opened the Cameo on Aug. 20th, 1937. The program that night was a Merrie Melody cartoon “With Plenty Of Money & You” followed by the main feature “Ever Since Eve” with Marion Davies. Although WB was hoping to put Ted Francis out of business, he eventually prevailed and bought the Cameo in 1939. It was an “Adults Only' theater for a long time. Not for content, but as in ‘no kids allowed’.

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