United Artists Theatre

25 SE Dorian Avenue,
Pendleton, OR 97801

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 28, 2011 at 5:17 am

I’m still puzzled about the aka Alta Theatre for the United Artists. I’ve checked Google Street View for 25 Dorian Avenue SE, the known address of an Alta Theatre, and it looks like the building there now is the same one pictured as the Alta Theatre in the 1913 issue of The Moving Picture World that I linked to in my previous comment.

The front has been altered to open up the ground floor for storefronts, and the arc of the central section’s parapet has been flattened, but the proportions of the building are very much the same, and the arch over the original entrance is still indicated by trim, though the arch itself has been filled in.

The building the United Artists occupied is clearly fairly old itself. If it had a theater in it from the time it was built, then the operations of the two houses could have overlapped. If that’s the case, then one or the other of them must have operated at some point under an aka as yet unknown to us.

The 1913 Alta was called the New Alta in the magazine article. I wonder of the house that eventually became the United Artists could have been the original Alta? If it lost that name as early as 1913, though, and wasn’t thereafter closed for more than a decade, then it must have had another name before becoming the United Artists.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 25, 2011 at 5:46 am

As the photos show two very different buildings, there was apparently an earlier Alta Theatre in Pendleton. The photo of the earlier Alta Theatre can be seen on this page of The Moving Picture World, December 6, 1913. The 550-seat house was designed in the Mission Revival style by its owner/operator, C.E. Oliphant.

Does anyone know what became of the 1913 Alta Theatre?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 31, 2010 at 1:16 pm

All those “STAR WARS” nuts outta come here and order a picture of the 1981 maequee..HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLINT EASTWOOD,i know you filled seats in this lonely theatre.

TLSLOEWS on May 31, 2010 at 11:42 am

Nice shot Don,love the vertical sign.

DonLewis on August 15, 2009 at 10:19 pm

An icy wintry night time view from 1949 of downtown Pendleton and the United Artists Theatre.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 13, 2008 at 1:46 pm

The opening sentence of the introduction doesn’t make sense. I think that the two Kens had something different in mind.

dulciana on April 13, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Hello-The Alta Theatre in Pendleton, Oregon was located on Dorian Avenue. It was the smallest of the three downtown theatres and I was informed that it was owned by the same family that operated the Rivoli. The Alta did have a 2 manual 4 rank theatre pipe organ munufactured by the Robert Morton Organ Co. It was their opus 2287 and was installed circa June-July, 1926.
This organ still sees regular use at Bellingham, Washington’s Central Lutheran Church. I play each week and maintain the organ to keep it in excellent condition.
Hopefully this information will help.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 25, 2007 at 8:23 am

Before you proceed with this entry, you should change the introduction’s first sentence, which is grammatically incorrect.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 24, 2007 at 5:43 pm

Here is a recent photo of the church located in this former theater building.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 24, 2007 at 2:21 pm

This is the website for the Pendleton Faith Center located in this building today. At the top of the page, click on “Find Us” and you will see a small photo of the building. It also mentions on that page that this building used to be the United Artists Theater.

Some vintage photos of the United Artists Theater can be seen at this website.