Heilig Theatre

676 Willamette Street,
Eugene, OR 97401

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Previously operated by: Western Amusement Company Inc.

Previous Names: Eugene Opera House, Eugene Theatre

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Heilig Theatre

The Eugene Theatre was opened November 17, 1903. Located on Willamette Street near E. 6th Avenue it was initially a vaudeville theatre. Movies were introduced early on and on October 16, 1922 it was renamed Heilig Theatre. A 2/4 Robert Morton organ was installed in 1924. The Heilig Theatre closed June 3, 1973.

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GaryParks on April 15, 2007 at 9:15 pm

Wow! What a beautiful nighttime photo of downtown Eugene, with all that neon, that Lost Memory has posted. Sad to say, although Eugene is a very cool town, all of what is shown in the photo no longer exists. I was in Eugene week-before-last, and wandered the entire length of Willamette Street, looking for remnants of the theatres which once lined it. Aside from the well-preserved McDonald, nothing else seems to have survived. Eugene was hit hard in the Sixties and Seventies with a crop of Modernist office and commercial buildings. Some have considerable architectural merit in their own right, but there exists a considerable loss to the stock of older downtown buildings. Still, Eugene remains a cool and funky hippie town with charming historic homes, interesting and friendly people, and a thriving arts scene.

kencmcintyre on December 6, 2007 at 10:07 pm

Here is an article about the exhibition of “Birth of a Nation” at the Heilig in 1915:

DavidZornig on April 1, 2017 at 2:56 pm

1965 photo added courtesy of John Chiax.

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