Gresham Theater

E. Powell Boulevard and S. Main Avenue,
Gresham, OR 97030

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Gresham Theater, 1936

The Gresham Theater was located on the south side of East Powell Boulevard, across from the Rexall Drug Store and next door to Metzger’s Grocery. It was likely built on pilings over a slough formed by Johnson Creek. The area is today a city park.

The Gresham Theater was opened around 1927 and was still open in 1952. It had closed by 1955. Scheduled for demolition, it burned in September of 1970 and was gone before the end of 1971

Contributed by DOUGLAS E MARSH

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 10, 2023 at 3:10 pm

The Gresham Theatre made its first appearance in the FDY in the 1927 edition. Gresham was not listed in the 1926 FDY, so it’s likely that the house opened that year, after the FDY was compiled. The photos of the theater clearly show a style characteristic of the mid to late 1930s, so it must have been either remodeled or moved to a new building during that era. The obituary of Rose Moyer in the May 3, 1976 issue of Boxoffice said that she and her husband Larry opened the Gresham in 1938, so they might have been responsible for any remodeling or rebuilding that took place then.

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