New book on Portland theaters joins illustrated series

posted by thomasgladysz on January 13, 2010 at 10:45 am

On January 1st, there was an article about a new book on Portland, Oregon theaters. The book is part of the “Images of America” series from Arcadia Publishing. This familiar, sepia-toned, soft cover series celebrates the history of America’s neighborhoods, cities and towns —– both large and small.

Portland’s history was marked by vigorous growth. This was due in part, according to the authors, to the Pacific Northwest’s often rainy weather. Individuals, seeking refuge, turned indoors and found entertainment. Portland eventually grew to have more theater seats per capita than other similar-sized cities in the United States.

As shown in this new book, Portland movie theaters came into their own in the early decades of the last century when short filmed segments were included in vaudeville programs at various downtown venues. By 1915, there were over 70 theaters showing films both downtown and in the neighborhood theaters found throughout the city.

The full article can be found in the Examiner.

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lilsproutd on January 14, 2010 at 1:01 am

please does anyone know where I can find a picture of the westend theater, 34th & Broadway, louisville, ky from the 1960’s

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on January 14, 2010 at 2:06 am

Go to your local library or visit City Hall and check their archives. GOOD LUCK

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