Whiteside Theatre

361 S.W. Madison Avenue,
Corvallis, OR 97333

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When it opened in 1922, it was the grandest theatre in Oregon, second only to the Liberty Theatre in Portland.

The Whiteside Theatre had the largest Wurlitzer organ in the state at the time.

It was designed by Seattle architect Henderson Ryan. This theatre was built for movies, but has had live vaudeville acts on stage as well.

It closed on January 27, 2002, and in May 2008 was donated by Regal Entertainment Group to the Whiteside Theatre Foundation. Plans are proposed to program movies, local and touring live performances, educational workshops and other special events. It reopened in September 2011 presenting live performances.

The Whiteside Theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 25, 2009.

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kencmcintyre on July 3, 2007 at 7:10 am

A fire on 10/20/27 “practically destroyed” the Whiteside, according to the LA Times. It survived the fire, obviously.

kencmcintyre on August 11, 2007 at 5:43 am

Here is a November 2006 article from the Daily Barometer:

drewattsy on October 11, 2007 at 7:32 am

Can anyone please tell me how to contact the owners of Whiteside theater? I would love to take a tour of the place for a research study.

kencmcintyre on December 29, 2007 at 9:18 am

Here is a photo following the closure:

Kiddman on September 14, 2008 at 10:41 am

That WurliTzer was sold to Oregon State University and installed in their sports arena, Gill Coliseum. There, the organ’s sound was swallowed up by the cavernous building, and it saw little use.

However, in June of this year, removal of the organ at the Coliseum for restoration and a RETURN to the Whiteside theatre!

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 20, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Architect H. Ryan’s first name was Henderson. He also designed Seattle’s Liberty Theatre.

kencmcintyre on July 13, 2009 at 6:00 am

From Boxoffice magazine in December 1951:

CORVALLIS, ORE.-John W. Buck has been named full-time manager of the Whiteside Theatre, it was announced by Charles Whiteside for the owners. Whiteside indicated that he would still be active in theatre operations but would devote more time to hunting, fishing and other recreational activities.

Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 7:05 am

A 2011 photo can be seen here.

SteveSwanson on October 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Although there is more renovation work to be done, including relighting the marquee. The Whiteside reopened Sept. 2011 for live events.

Mikeyisirish on October 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm

How long before the marquee is done?

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