The Grand Re-Opening of the Egyptian Theater (photo: Restore Oregon)

Egyptian Theatre, Coos Bay

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Stage at Egyptian Theatre, Coos Bay

Interior Decoration, Egyptian Theatre, Coos Bay

Sign above street, Egyptian Theatre

Egyptian Theatre 1950's

Interior decoration Egyptian Theatre

Egyptian Theatre, Coos Bay

Statistics

  • Built: 1922, converted to a theater in 1925
  • Architect: Carl F. Berg
  • Designation: National Register of Historic Places
  • Significance: Main Street, architecture and interior design, social history – reputed to be one of only 4 remaining Egyptian Theaters in the U.S.
  • Status: SAVED! Structural issues addressed and the theater reopened in summer of 2014. The facade of the theater was then restored and completed in spring of 2016.

News and Updates

December 17, 2014

Urban renewal agency approved Egyptial Theatre ownership transfer

June 20, 2014:

The Egyptian Theater Grand Re-Opening!

August 14, 2013:

Egyptian Theater within $10,000 of reaching fundraising goal

June 2012:

Market study completed.

June 14, 2012:

Egyptian could open in a year

January 19, 2012:

Theater received pair of grants
Outlet: The World

November 27, 2011:

City of Coos Bay seeking grant writer to assist with project fundraising

November 10, 2011:

HPLO Advisor George Kramer to discuss historic theater rehabilitation

October 8, 2011:

Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association, Coos Bay dole out responsibilities for theater rehab
Outlet: The World

October 8, 2011:

Reel Success
Outlet: The World

September 7, 2011:

Ford Family Foundation awards Egyptian Theater $6,700 grant to begin strategic planning

August 25, 2011:

Egyptian Theater preservation efforts
Outlet: KCBY 11

June 6, 2011:

Saving the Egyptian
Outlet: KMTR Eugene

History

In November 1922 something special was discovered that would spark the imaginations of a few of Oregon’s up-and-coming architects. But this discovery wasn’t in Oregon. It wasn’t even in North America. It was in Egypt. In November 1922, King Tut was uncovered and the discovery led to a decade of Egyptian revival architecture in apartment buildings, bridges, and… theatres.

In 1925 a former Coos Bay garage was converted into the Egyptian Theatre. Although the theater was altered some between 1925 and 1950, it still embodies much of its revival flair. Original Egyptian style décor, light fixtures, furnishings, hand-painted vaudeville flats and a Wurlitzer pipe organ remain today just as they were during the days of Great Gatsby and prohibition.

Over $400,000 has been raised since the theater was listed as one of Oregon’s Most Endangered PLaces and although fundraising continues, the current plan is to re-open in 2014.

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