Ross Ragland Theater

218 N. 7th Street,
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

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Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls, OR -- July 2011

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This 790 seat community theatre (formerly the Esquire) was saved from the wrecking ball in 1989 by three kindly old men. The Ross Ragland Theatre was named after one of those great men in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Klamath Falls used to have several vaudeville houses.

Contributed by Paul Warshauer

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valvann
valvann on October 5, 2005 at 12:31 pm

Is this the only historic theater in Klamath Falls?
Was it ever called the “Tower”, or just the “Esquire”?

TC:
Is the photo after restoration?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 26, 2005 at 5:39 pm

Here is a photo of another theater called the Rainbow in Klamath Falls. The date is 1941:
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This 1944 photo shows a partially hidden marquee which appears to say “Street” as part of the thater’s name:
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valvann
valvann on December 26, 2005 at 6:19 pm

My guess on that last name is either plain “TREE” or “THE TREE” or maybe “PINE TREE” as clearly there isn’t another letter after “TREE” (so it can’t be “STREET”), because there is a dividing band above the “T” and whatever letter (if it is one) or decorative object is above the “T”; and also because up and down the right side of the sign there are little triangular tree symbols, like Christmass trees. Klamath Falls was after all logging country.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 26, 2005 at 6:36 pm

You may be right on that, upon further review.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 29, 2005 at 7:38 pm

Here is a photo of the Esquire, circa 1948:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 28, 2007 at 9:54 pm

Here is a 2007 photo of the Ross Ragland Theater.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 21, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Was Ross Ragland any relation to Rags Ragland, the vaudeville and burlesque comic and clown of the 1930s and 1940s?

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm

A few 2011 photos can be seen here and here.

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