Centre Theatre

205 SW 1st Avenue,
Ontario, OR 97914

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JackCoursey on November 3, 2019 at 7:36 pm

Time is taking its toll on this abandon theatre. Nice design. Does any know how the interior was reconfigured when it was converted to a twin cinema?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 23, 2008 at 8:53 pm

The recent opening of the Center Theatre in Ontario, Oregon, was noted by an item in the November 27, 1948, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The owner of the independent house was Howard Matthews. The building was 75x120 feet, and the cost was $125,000. The entrance was decorated with burgundy tile and Arizona flagstone, and the auditorium was painted coral and turquoise (how very midcentury) with drapes in varying shades of gold.

Custom made modern furniture and carpets of turquoise and golden brown adorned the lobby. There was a small stage in the auditorium, and the 750 seat house had a crying room, as well as a party room seating 14. Plans were drawn by Salt Lake City architect Paul Evans.