219 SW 3rd Street,
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Previously operated by: Regal Cinemas, Tri-State Theaters Inc. (OR)
Styles: Spanish Moorish
Previous Names: Oregon State Theatre
This little gem was converted from the Whiteside Brothers auto garage to a movie theatre, opening as the Oregon State Theatre on May 14, 1931 with Lowell Sherman in “Bachelor Apartment”. Most recently, it was a well-attended discount house in the college town of Corvallis. It was renamed State Theatre in 1974.
In 2001, the bank next door bought it and knocked it down to create an additional nine parking spaces.
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I used to go to this theatre when I was in High School in Albany, OR. The movies started out at $0.99 but then got “jacked” up to $1.50 around 1989/90… we used to bring candy from the grocery store and scrounge for money to see a movie. I remember seeing LA Story there with my best friend and laughing pretty hard. Anyway, it is pretty sad that it was demolished for a few parking spots… it wasn’t a magnificent building, but it was a cheap place to see a movie and have fun when I was a kid. Sad to hear that nothing like it exists for kids in that area now…
The metal channel letters reading STATE from the marquee are now included in the funky and eclectic interior decor of Corvallis' Avalon Cinema.
From the 1950s a photograph that captured along with the State Theatre some vintage cars and signs in Corvallis.
This opened as the Oregon State theatre on May 13th, 1931.
Oregon State theatre · Wed, May 13, 1931 – 9 · Corvallis Gazette-Times (Corvallis, Oregon) · Newspapers.com
Correction: the 14th:
Oregon State Theatre opening · Thu, May 14, 1931 – 5 · Corvallis Gazette-Times (Corvallis, Oregon) · Newspapers.com
This opened as Oregon State and renamed to State in 1974.