Town Theater

260 E. Main Street,
Hillsboro, OR 97123

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VENETIAN (nee GRAND, LIBERTY, TOWN) Theatre; Hillsboro, Oregon.

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The City of Hillsboro owns this vintage theater and will soon be issuing a Request for Expressions of Interest for the renovation/restoration of the theater. The theater is in serious disrepair and every attempt is being made to bring it back to its former status as a large part of the vitality of our downtown core.

If you are interested in learning more about this theater or want to respond to the RFEI, please email

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Contributed by Julie

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 15, 2006 at 2:56 am

Could this have been originally called the Venetian? The decor atop the entrance suggests that it might have. My FDYBs show only two theatres for Hillsboro, the 640-seat Venetian Theatre and the 480-seat Hill Theatre, with no specific addresses for either. I suspect that the Town was originally one of them.

Patsy
Patsy on December 28, 2006 at 2:36 am

I hope the citizens of Hillsboro OR can restore this theatre for themselves and for future generations. Best wishes to all who are working towards this goal.

julienix
julienix on March 19, 2007 at 8:42 am

The Selection Advisory Committee recently interviewed two finalists and made a recommendation to City management to move forward with the renovation of the Town Theater/Venetian. The selected developer’s plans are very exciting and include a restoration of the theater to its glory as the Venetian operating as a movie/live performance venue and a European style restaurant. Although the project is in its infancy, there is has been a great deal of hope and excitement surrounding it.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 24, 2007 at 3:27 pm

Here is a 3/20/07 article about the Town. Click on the picture for an older view:
http://tinyurl.com/2s6fe3

ForrestH
ForrestH on September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm

I was just by here two days ago. It is very nice inside and still has a little of the old feel. I do not like the new sign out front.
http://www.venetiantheatre.com/

ForrestH
ForrestH on September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm

It is open for movies and shows

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 7:57 am

This theater is back open as a theater and pub. View photos here and here.

LouRugani
LouRugani on September 8, 2013 at 4:56 pm

From the Venetian Theatre website: “Until recently, the Venetian property was composed of two separate buildings. The theater portion (not including the auditorium) was originally built in 1888 to house the First National Bank of Hillsboro. In 1911, the bank moved to the Cady building on the southwest corner of Third and Main Streets. J.W. Shute, the President of the bank at that time, encouraged Orange Phelps, who was operating the 108-seat Arcade Theater directly across the street from the vacant bank building, to purchase the property. Phelps purchased the old bank building and opened the 200 seat Grand Theater there the same year. In 1916, 300 more seats were added and the Grand became the Liberty. A fire closed the Liberty in 1925. After the subsequent remodel and addition of the auditorium, it was reopened as the Venetian. The Venetian burned due to a faulty curtain motor in 1956, and the newly refurbished Town theater opened in 1957.

Phelps sold the Town to Tom Moyer Luxury Theaters in 1978. Films continued to be shown there until 1996, when the City purchased it for $1,500. It has since remained vacant until purchased by Denzil Scheller in August, 2007.

The second building on the eastern portion of the current Venetian property was constructed originally in 1887. It first was occupied by a general merchandise store at street level with a printing shop and office above. It has generally housed retail operations including grocery and flour storage, hardware, music, and most recently Faro’s clothing store. The City of Hillsboro purchased this address in 2001 from Wayne Holmes in order to facilitate redevelopment of the theater.

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