Mayflower Theatre

E. 11th Avenue and Alder Street,
Eugene, OR 97401

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Previously operated by: Tom Moyer Luxury Theatres, Western Amusement Company Inc.

Previous Names: Colonial Theatre

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Mayflower Theatre

The 600-seat Colonial Theatre was opened September 30, 1925 with Lillian Rich & Creighton Hale in “Seven Days”. On June 30, 1935 it was renamed Mayflower Theatre. The single screen Mayflower Theatre was torn down in the 1980’s and a parking lot for the Peace Health Hospital is now on the site. The theatre had glass windows for watching the movie while waiting in line for the single occupancy men’s and women’s restrooms located upstairs next to the projection booth.

Contributed by Roger Haney

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kencmcintyre on February 17, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Here is an item in Boxoffice magazine from June 1946:

EUGENE, ORE.-George Roys, one of the oldest theater operators in the Pacific Northwest, is retiring from the field after 40 years in show business. He has sold his State Theater here to West Johnson, who operates a circuit which includes the Mayflower, the Helig and the new Hawaii Theater, the latter now under construction.

rivest266 on June 4, 2009 at 7:05 pm

The Register-Guard only lists this cinema 1935-1957, 1965-1986

The microfilms are online at View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 20, 2018 at 11:19 pm

Prior to being called the Mayflower this house was called the Colonial Theatre. The June 24 issue of the Eugene Guard that year made reference to “…the Mayflower (formerly the Colonial)”.

A December 31, 1925, Guard retrospective of that year’s construction in Eugene said that “…the new Colonial theater was erected by Laura B. Paine….” The September 30 issue of the Guard had noted that the formal opening of the Colonial Theatre would take place that night.

The PSTOS page for the Mayflower, missing some information, doesn’t mention the original name of the theater, and says that its Robert Morton organ was installed in 1922. It’s possible that the organ was moved to the Colonial from some other theater. It was removed in 1936, according to a 1990 Portland Oregonian article featured on the page.

The PSTOS text says that in 1977 the Mayflower booked the original Star Wars, which played to packed houses in its small auditorium for weeks.

gpswenson on February 26, 2023 at 12:32 pm

This theater was located across the street from the frat house where they filmed much of “Animal House.” I watched “Animal House” at the Mayflower! The Delta House was torn down in 1986 but I think the other 11th Avenue fraternity buildings are still standing.

cinequip on May 29, 2023 at 1:29 pm

I helped run ‘dallies’ of Animal House filming in 1977 while a freshman at U of O. One scene showed Pinto and Flounder walking down the sidewalk toward Delta House. As the camera panned, the marquee of the The Mayflower came into view, prominently displaying Star Wars on the Marquee! Lots of laughter in the screening room. That scene is cut in the movie, just before the marquee appears.

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