Cordova Theatre

135 N. Grand Avenue,
Pullman, WA 99163

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paulnelson on November 12, 2013 at 1:59 am

That huge marquee sort of hurt the great facade of the original theatre. The great window is blocked. Hope it is removed. Also the original poster windows should be put back.

George Kramer
George Kramer on July 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Incidentally, from the little of the exterior of the Cordova that I can see in the photos, it appears to have been very similar in design to a theatre in Yreka, California, also with interiors by Mr. Berg.

George Kramer
George Kramer on July 20, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Berg also designed the interiors of the Holly Theatre, in Medford, Oregon and the Egyptian Theatre, in Coos Bay, Oregon. Both share at least one element and I’m curious if it is found at the Cordova as well. Here is my blog post on the subject.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm

B. F. Shearer Studios was associated with the National Theatre Supply Company at least through 1927. The January 1, 1928, issue of The Film Daily said that Ben Shearer, A. M. Larsen and Frank Harris were reportedly leaving NTS and that Shearer intended to form his own company in association with Larsen and Harris. Apparently a number of other former NTS employees went with them.

B. F. Shearer & Co. soon had branch offices in Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other western cities. In 1931, the company supplied all the custom-designed carpets and draperies for the Los Angeles Theatre. B. F. Shearer & Co. operated until about 1972.

In addition to the theater supply business, the Shearer family eventually operated a small chain of about a dozen theaters from California to Alaska.

boblynn55 on July 18, 2012 at 2:46 am

Carl R. Berg was my great grandpa, he painted many of these paintings of flowers from my great grandma’s garden. I Have one of them done in 1929. I’d love to see yours. Mr. Shearer was the owner, i believe of the W. B. Shearer owned the theater interior design company he worked for for years. Beverly L. Adams-Gordon

ccrowley on December 31, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I own a painting by the late Carl R. Berg that I purchased at auction in Seattle. It is lovely, of a vase of delphiniums. It appears that it was painted as a gift to Mr and Mrs Tom Shearer. It is wonderful to have this information about him.

boblynn55 on December 27, 2011 at 6:20 am

Carl R. Berg was my great grandfather. He was also the interior designer artistic director on the 5th Ave Theatre, the Davenport Hotel, The blue Mouse, Seattle Fredericks and Nelsens, I.Magin and many other establishments. My mother has a mirror that was the proto-type for the mirrors made in the Elizabethian Rooms at the Davenport. Grandpa Berg was a great historian and used historical information to design his interiors, Peking Throne Room was used for many aspects of the 5th Ave. My siblings and I used to sit on next to his wheelchair as he illustrated stories he would tell us about the early days in Colorado Springs. He lived there between the late 1880s to around 1908. He painted sets for the theatre there and personally knew characters like bat masterson and so on. He died at 98, still painting and teaching painting to other nursing home residents despite being blind. He was amazing.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 10, 2011 at 12:48 am

Noticed the one sheet covering up the 8 by 10 still frames.Love to have them!Great picture.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 11, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Carl R. Berg, currently listed as the architect of the Cordova Theatre, was a Seattle artist and decorator who worked with the National Theatre Supply Company. He designed the decorations for the Cordova.

The Cordova Theatre was actually designed by the Spokane architectural firm Whitehouse & Price, who also designed the Wilma Theater in Wallace, Idaho. The firm also worked with Seattle architect Robert Reamer on the Fox Theatre in Spokane.

A PDF file (4.9MB) of the NRHP registration form for the Cordova Theatre includes a fairly detailed history and description of the theater, along with floor plans and several photos, including depictions of the original entrance and facade, prior to the 1950 remodeling.

markinthedark on August 21, 2007 at 6:10 pm

I there anything happening at theatre since it closed?

kencmcintyre on January 14, 2006 at 8:38 pm

For a nice color picture of the Cordova, go to this link and tner theaters as a search term:
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markinthedark on May 11, 2005 at 12:39 am

I went to WSU back in the ‘90’s and this was a great place to see a movie (Along with the nearby Audian). Does anyone have any pictures inside or out of this theatre?

Seth on July 2, 2004 at 3:54 am

The upper part of the facade is still original, with some nice terra-cotta detailing, and a red tile roof. The rest is swallowed behind an enormous (compared to the modest size of the building) ‘50s marquee.