Bob White Theatre

6423 S.E. Foster Road,
Portland, OR 97206

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ragwort on May 27, 2012 at 11:33 pm

What a great site. I remember seeing “The Longest Day” here in 62-63'.

Teenacidal on March 15, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Here is some good info on what is planned,

Robert Allen
Robert Allen on February 1, 2012 at 2:25 am

The theatre has been purchased by a Portland businessman who is working on reopening it. I have the unique privilege of advising him. I believe it will be the beginning of revitalizing the Foster-Powell section of SE Portland.

Robert Allen
Robert Allen on December 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I owned this theatre in the mid-sixties. It and I were written up in Boxoffice magazine because of the programming I initiated. It was all country music. The first picture was “Your Cheating Heart” with George Hamilton as Hank Williams. It packed the place out. I was also written up in the local IA paper for giving my union projectionist a raise without the union having to ask for it.

jtrabue on September 23, 2010 at 2:41 am


I’m sorry, but Dale Haskin has been dead for more than a year. If the city records don’t reflect that, it’s probably just because the property is still in probate or something. People I’ve talked to told me that his daughter inherited it and has been trying to sell for quite a while — at least since March 2010.

The building is a great property, but apparently it needs a lot of work, including a new roof. As Alan Patterson said, the organ is supposedly not in good shape.


apatter503 on September 22, 2010 at 5:13 am

I was talking recently about the Bob White with an organ enthusiast friend. He said that the live-in owner died and that most if not all of the organ had weathered badly.. Call him, Stan Clarke,at 503-253-9886. Also, the for sale sign says contact Michael Tharp or Ross Connor at 503-223-7181. Hope this wil help.

DrBagelBuns on September 19, 2010 at 8:16 pm

I’ve been trying desperately to find out how to contact Dale M Haskin, who still owns the property according to the city of Portland. If anybody has any idea how I can get in touch with him I’d greatly appreciate the information.

apatter503 on September 18, 2010 at 5:41 am

The Bob White Theater was my neighborhood theater. I remember the flury of 3D movies seen there in 1953. Remember it being sold out for Disney’s The Vanishing Prairie with Bear Country. Around the corner,for just a few months beginning in 1912 was the Brownie Theater as shown in the book Theaters of Portland. Even today you can see the projection booth extension to the back of the building.

frogbert96 on August 22, 2010 at 4:50 am

Wow. I am excited to see all the posts here. As someone who is looking very short term to purchase a movie theatre in Portland to re-open with a pretty grand plan, I like what I have heard about this theatre and may have to look into it more. I am currently pursuing the Eastgate with the intent to buy it back from the Russian Church. We’ll see.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 23, 2010 at 2:50 am

I hope the projectionist didn’t have to share the toilet with the public.Surely,they had a restroom in the booth.

Douglas on July 23, 2010 at 1:51 am

A unique aspect of the theatre was that the men’s rest room was right off the projection room, so movie-crazy kids like me could see the projection equipment and the reels turning.

jtrabue on March 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Haskin has indeed passed away. He never finished restoring or installing the organ. The organ is still in the building (3-16-2010). Apparently someone is trying to raise money to create a foundation to save and restore the building.

I got this information from Tom D'Antoni, a music journalist in Portland, about it. He did a video on Organs in Portland that you can view on YouTube ( and who runs Oregon Music News ( Apparently he spoke on the phone to the current owner, Haskin’s daughter.

I would watch his web page for future updates — he says he’s going to write a story about it.


rlbrown37209 on March 8, 2010 at 2:48 am

Actually, I just went to the website and found out that the original Bob White Theater instrument was a 2/6 Robert Morton. This is according to the article found at View link This was the instrument that was moved to St. Patrick’s in NW Portland.

Dale Haskin acquired the Bob White Theater in 1990. According to the article found at View link Dale Haskin was attempting to install a 4/22 Robert Morton. Does anybody know what happened to this instrument?

rlbrown37209 on March 8, 2010 at 2:38 am

So then it was the Arleta Theater that later became the Bob White Theater. Correct?

rlbrown37209 on March 8, 2010 at 1:23 am

Is this the organ that was originally installed in the Bob White Theater?

rlbrown37209 on March 7, 2010 at 3:17 am

What ever happened to the organ, or organs, that were housed there? Did either the Columbia River Organ Club, or the Puget Sound Theater Organ Society, manage to acquire them?

etnmarchand on February 4, 2010 at 3:34 am

Dale Haskin has passed away. This theatre is on the market right now. The original interior was gutted. I think it could be restored though with a lot of effort and cash though.

rlbrown37209 on December 25, 2009 at 3:01 am

Does Dale Hasking still have that huge Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ installed in the old Bob White Theater building? I haven’t lived in Portland for several years now, and I am rather curious.

David DeCoteau
David DeCoteau on July 22, 2007 at 9:24 pm

Here is a link to a neat site with interior and exterior pics of the Bob White Theatre among others..

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David DeCoteau
David DeCoteau on July 1, 2007 at 10:13 pm

Here is a recent picture of the Bob White Theatre

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Kiddman on June 29, 2006 at 1:21 am

The local chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society thought they were going to win the bidding, but they were trumped at the last second by some stranger, and the organ was his.

He had the organ shipped to Portland, and eventually the organ ended up in the Bob White building where this man lived in an upstairs apartment. A few other organs and various parts ended up there, too. The city of Portland has been trying for years to get this man out of there (Bob White building not zoned as a residence) for years, and news practically never gets out about this situation. The condition of the theatre, the organs, etc. are known by few if any people.

Kiddman on June 29, 2006 at 1:16 am

This theatre is now the home of one of the great mysteries of the theatre-organ world. Long story coming…

For me, this starts in the SF Bay Area, back around 1980. The fabulous Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco had been remodeled, and their large 4-manual theatre organ had been donated a few years earlier to a nearby school district for installation in their high school. This, unfortunately, never happened and the organ was put up for auction.

To be continued in next post…

William on November 19, 2003 at 11:11 pm

The Bob White Theatre is located at 6423 SE Foster Road, and it seated 740 people.