Oakway Cinema

30 Oakway Center,
Eugene, OR 97401

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Oakway Cinema

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The Oakway Cienma was in the Oakway Shopping Center, it opened December 1, 1967. It was also the first theater to built in the Eugene-Springfield area in over 20 years. The screen at 27' by 52' was capable of 70mm projection and featured Stereophonic Sound.

The first feature shown was “Waterhole No. 3” with James Coburn. This was a grand showplace for Eugene and even continued booking 70mm films as late as 1981. By 1987, it was a second-run house and mall management canceled their lease. They closed up at the end of April 1987 with a long run of “Crocodile Dundee”. After the theater was gutted, the main portion of the auditorium became office space, while the front part was more retail oriented. The space is now occupied by Old Navy.

Contributed by Steve Swanson

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm

If the former auditorium now houses an Old Navy store, then the theater hasn’t been demolished, merely dismantled.

Here is a 1967 photo from the University of Oregon library.

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