Historic Oregon Theaters Continue to Thrive

Revel in the glamour of three restored theaters that harken back to an era when gloves were worn for style over warmth.
Liberty Theatre | Astoria

1920s decorative architectural glamour lives on in Astoria. The rehabilitation of Liberty Theatre, a former motion picture “palace” built during the golden age of the big screen, has brought hundreds of thousands of visitors and residents to downtown Astoria since reopening in 2005. Within the gilded walls, quality performing arts productions provide culturally rich events across a variety of disciplines in the downtown venue. Up coming performances include a Texas Tribute to ZZ Top, The Oregon Brass Quintet, Randy Linder’s Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute and the Astoria Music Festival. For tickets, go to LIBERTYASTORIA.ORG.
Tower Theatre | Bend

It was built in just three months in 1940 but the historic Tower Theatre’s presence in downtown Bend has stood the test of time. Adding character to the arts community, the Tower hosts world-class acts. Up coming performances include Westside Village ‘School of Rock’, Animal House movie screening and The Stray Cats’ Lee Rocker. For tickets, go to TOWERTHEATRE.ORG.
Schnitzer Concert Hall | Portland

Approximately 6,000 theatrical lights illuminate the famed “Portland” marquee on Broadway in downtown Portland outside the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, a fully-restored landmark building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic Italian Renaissance-style theater is home to the last of the grand stages that once graced the arts-centric street, though the theater—which opened in 1928 and ran under various names as a movie theatre until 1972—was always the most impressive. Crystal chandeliers and marble structural details bring old world charm to the building’s multiple lobbies. Inside the auditorium, rows of seats sweep six stories above the stage in a design that showcases acoustic mastery during the musical performances that take place here. Up coming performances include Joshua Bell, Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’, Audra McDonald and Bon Iver. For tickets, go to ARLENESCHNITZER.ORG.