Tower Theatre

835 NW Wall Street,
Bend, OR 97709

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Tower & Bend Theaters...Bend Oregon

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The 1940 Art Moderne style Tower Theatre, which closed as a movie house in 1994, underwent a renovation in 2002 and was reopened in January 2004. Today operating as a performing arts venue, the Tower Theatre is known as ‘Central Oregon’s Center Stage’.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 14, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Here is an August 2008 close-up view.

ticktock11 on November 1, 2008 at 11:58 am

The ocher-colored building two addresses to the left of Lost Memory’s Apr. 7 (and other) photo postings is the former Liberty Theater. I recall being fascinated by it as a small boy in the mid-50s, when it had been closed for some time. Its ground floor was gutted later to provide a Sears store, but the balcony apparently remained untouched until very recently, when the upper stories were converted to condominiums. (With drug money; the building is in receivership with the feds, who are trying to sell it.)

Sorry to intrude on the Tower thread …

ticktock11 on November 1, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Correction: I should have said two doors to the RIGHT in Lost Memory’s posts… .

millsbranch on February 25, 2009 at 7:25 am

Correct on the Liberty, I will try and get an old 1947 photo
posted, which shows both theaters in their heyday Billy h

DonLewis on February 25, 2009 at 8:40 pm

A fantastic view from 1947 of the Tower and Liberty Theaters in Bend, Oregon.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 25, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Another 2009 photo is here.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 10, 2010 at 6:05 pm

You really gotta love theatre managers.On the ad for the sci-fi movie “MAROONED” it states “HAS THE DAZZLING OUTER SPACE EFFECTS OF 2001,BUT WITH A STORY”. WHAT! I hope Nick doesn’t read this. “MAROONED” was a decent flick,but the manager sure did not like 2001. Love these old ads. oh,the second feature was “TIME FOR A KILLING”.

Dennis Noson
Dennis Noson on January 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Back in 1975 I worked as a young(ish) architect in Priteca’s office, here in Seattle. Benny Priteca was a specialist in theater architecture, and I saw many of his tracings for elaborate terracotta facing tiles and parapet caps. Years later, now an acoustical consultant, I was part of the design team for the 2004 renovation. Let me know— if you are a ‘local’— just how well the acoustics are working out. And thanks to all who have posted photos.

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