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The Tower Theatre (Official)
Architects: Harry A. Herzog, Benjamin Marcus Priteca
Functions: Performing Arts
Styles: Streamline Moderne
The March 6, 1940 opening movie was “Four Wives” in the Art Moderne style Tower Theatre. It 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’.
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The renovation is complete and the theater re-opened January 30, 2004.
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 …
Correction: I should have said two doors to the RIGHT in Lost Memory’s posts… .
Correct on the Liberty, I will try and get an old 1947 photo
posted, which shows both theaters in their heyday Billy h
A fantastic view from 1947 of the Tower and Liberty Theaters in Bend, Oregon.
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”.
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.
Circa 1963 postcard added courtesy of Craig Addams.
I was in Bend yesterday and visited the Tower Theatre. What a beautiful renovation—an Art Deco masterpiece! Thank you for allowing me to walk around the interior. You folks have much to be proud of.