Eltrym Historic Theater

1809 First Street,
Baker City, OR 97814

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Eltrym Historic Theater

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Opened in June 1940 as a single screen 700 seat capacity movie house, it was renovated in 1997 and converted into a triplex with stadium style seating.

Contributed by George Tristan

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glkirklin on July 25, 2006 at 2:39 pm

The Eltrym was built in 1940 (not 1943) by Mr. Buckmiller (or Buckmaster) and named after his wife, Myrtle. It replaced the old Clarick Theater (formerly the Baker Opera House) which burned to the ground in November, 1937. Upon its completion, Baker once again had three movie houses—the Eltrym, the Orpheum, and the Empire. The Orpheum was gutted by fire in September, 1943, and remained a burned out shell during the war years. It was rebuilt as the Baker Theater in 1948, and opened in December of that year. The first movie shown in it was “Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid.”

kencmcintyre on August 18, 2006 at 10:22 am

Here is the latest on the closure, hot off the presses (or at least lukewarm):

strawberry on March 30, 2007 at 1:45 pm

The Eltrym theater is set to re-open on May 4th, 2007. An agreement was reached to install fire-resistant doors (instead of sprinklers).

kencmcintyre on February 25, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Perhaps function should be first-run movies as opposed to movies, no description.

kencmcintyre on December 12, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Style should be Pepto-Bismol.

tzimmerus on June 2, 2009 at 4:01 am

The Eltrym Theater opened on June 27th, 1940 and had 700 seats. The first film shown was “Ghost Breakers” starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard. The theater was built by Frank Buckmiller and Freeman Geddes and was named in honor of Frank’s wife, Myrtle, who passed away before the theater was finished. The architect was Day Walter Hillborn from Vancouver, WA.

drb on August 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm

There’s a recent photo here among other photos of Baker City, second one down: http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=17711

scorpio1949 on December 6, 2011 at 4:36 am

The Eltrym Theatre is in the process of installing digital projection units in all of its theatres. This big investment will ensure the viability of the theatre for years to come. I applaud the owners for investing in our community like this. They have done so much to the Eltrym since purchasing it. It has truly become a shining jewel in our downtown historic district.

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