Star Theater

Highway 140 and Gerber Street,
Bly, OR 97622

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Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Arch Theater

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This small town neighborhood theater is located on Main Street, in downtown Bly. It was built in 1948 and opened as the Arch Theater.

Contributed by Ken Layton

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

cunderwood on November 26, 2001 at 6:29 pm

Wow, seeing this theater listed brought back memories of driving through the town of Bly as a kid. I remember that for years after the theater closed, the movie “Rufus J. Pickle and The Indian” remained on the marquee.

I’m not sure of its present condition, but will contact a woman who used to teach school in Bly to see if she can provide you any information.

Evan39 on May 14, 2005 at 6:52 pm

The Star Theater is now a feed store. It was closed when I got to town so didn’t get to see the inside. The wonderful marquee which boldly proclaims Star Theatre and faces directly towards Highway 140 sure got me to pull over quick and get some photos. This isn’t a former movie theater which kind of looks like a theater. It very much looks like what it was orginally built as and is the main building in town.

rel2099 on March 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm

I moved to Bly in 1979. I think ‘MacArthur’ was playing there at that time. The next movie was ‘Rufus J. Pickle and the Indian’ – but then the theater closed, never re-opened, and the marquee always said ‘Rufus J. Pickle and the Indian’ for many years after that.

KenLayton on March 18, 2014 at 3:16 pm

What is the theater now? Is it up for sale? What condition is the building in now?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 18, 2014 at 5:07 pm

According to the section on Bly in a rider’s handbook published by Cycle Oregon, Bly’s movie house “…was built in 1948 as the Arch Theater but is now called the Star.” It also says that “…a couple part-time residents, Paul and Ruby Dorris, have converted the building to a combination meeting space/antique gallery . The stage and screen are still up, the floor still slopes like a theater, and the venue has hosted potlucks, old-time fiddlers and more.” The Handbook was published in 2012 (PDF here) and is the most recent information about the Star Theatre that I can find on the web. I can’t find a web site for the Dorrises' operation itself, so I assume they don’t have one.

Mikeyisirish on September 12, 2020 at 5:16 pm

“Arch” Theater…as in Archie? The pastor of the church right next door whose wife and several kids were blown up by a Japanese balloon bomb just four years before?

KenLayton on October 2, 2021 at 5:30 pm

Looks like the building is being maintained and kept clean.

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