Star Theater

13 NW Sixth Avenue,
Portland, OR 97209

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Star Theater

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The Sax Amusement Company premiered the Princess Theater in May of 1911. Originally a venue for the screening of silent film, the theater changed its name to Star Burlesk and format to burlesque in 1939.

It later returned to screening movies, and in 1988 the Star Theater was the focus of the City of Portland v. Tidyman Oregon Supreme Court ruling which established the state’s free speech protections. For its 100th birthday the theater was extensively restored and upgraded to accommodate live performances.

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 22, 2012 at 11:37 pm

A picture of the Star can be seen here. The sign under the marquee is of historical interest.

There are also some pictures accompanying this article from 2009 when the theater was raided for selling liquor without a license.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 22, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Official website: http://www.startheaterportland.com.php53-3.dfw1-1.websitetestlink.com/

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 18, 2012 at 10:40 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

thisisjohnbook
thisisjohnbook on January 27, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Old newspaper ad, showing when they were also known as “Star Burlesk”. http://www.noobie.at/includes/photo.php?fbid=115343151878373_260380&type=1&ref=nf

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm

A couple of links with vintage photos of the Star.

http://historicphotoarchive.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Photographs/G0000BNg.WKY1ofk/I0000Z_xySSLnV9k

http://historicphotoarchive.photoshelter.com/image/I0000a14RSCqa4_M

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