Oakway Cinema

30 Oakway Center,
Eugene, OR 97401

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Architects: R. Benedict Brout

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Oakway Cinema

The Oakway Cienma was in the Oakway Shopping Center, it opened December 1, 1967 with James Coburn in “Waterhole #3”. It was also the first theater to built in the Eugene-Springfield area in over 20 years. The screen at 27' by 52' was capable of 70mm projection and featured Stereophonic Sound.

This was a grand showplace for Eugene and even continued booking 70mm films as late as 1981. By 1987, it was a second-run house and mall management canceled their lease. They closed up on April 30, 1987 following a long run of “Crocodile Dundee”. After the theater was gutted, the main portion of the auditorium became office space, while the front part was more retail oriented.

The space was occupied by Old Navy and has since been demolished.

Contributed by Steve Swanson

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 21, 2013 at 3:57 am

If the former auditorium now houses an Old Navy store, then the theater hasn’t been demolished, merely dismantled.

Here is a 1967 photo from the University of Oregon library.

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