Elsinore Theatre Salem OR - season 90 video

Our 90th Season

In the 90 years since the Elsinore was opened, the theater has always adapted to changing Salem audiences. Following this tradition of adaptation, we’re offering a wider range of events than ever before: music, live theater, classic cinema, and community meetings. Watch our Project 90 Movie

Classic Cinema

Cinema-goers find The Elsinore a true Movie Palace.

Film schedules draw heavily from classic genres unavailable elsewhere, and when experienced in the authentic environment of The Elsinore, classics come alive unlike anywhere else.

Live Music

Our 90th Season programming is going to surprise and delight Salem. Local and national acts will raise the bar for Salem, introducing a schedule of quality year-round events.

Featuring unequaled acoustics and state of the art sound gear, music aficionados rate The Elsinore Theatre as Salem’s best place to enjoy live music. The entire audience enjoys a full bodied performance, with the whole acoustic spectrum rendered without shrill high tones or muffled bass.

Theatrical Performances

From well-known and popular plays to new work, The Elsinore is Salem’s favorite place to experience live theater. Audiences enjoy a true evening at the theater in our unique surroundings.

The Elsinore is known for its behind-the-scenes technical excellence, bringing crowds into every production like nowhere else.

Chartered & Rental Events

The Elsinore’s unique atmosphere and setting makes it popular for weddings or any other large gathering.

With its castle-like architecture, exquisite artwork and stained glassed windows, unparalleled acoustics is the ideal setting for weddings, receptions, conferences, meetings, and performances. Reserving an event is easy and affordable. See more.

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Accessibility

Wide aisles and gentle theater floor gradients make The Elsinore highly accessible for our patrons who require wheelchair or walking assistance.

The Elsinore’s Mighty Wurlitzer Organ

The Elsinore’s Mighty Wurlitzer is the result of Salem organ buffs Clayton and Rick Parks wanting to find the perfect home for their residence theatre pipe organ. Download a brief history of The Elsinore’s Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.

Upcoming Feature Upgrades

The Elsinore will soon feature new service upgrades. Luxury Boxes will become available for seating with in-seat food and beverage service. Our Film and Wine Series will pair classic cinema with classic Northwest wines.

Elsinore begins 90th season with changes

New air conditioning, new exterior paint, new lighting of the Mattingly mural on the theatre’s back wall for nighttime viewing, a new logo and website, and expanded programming highlight the 90th season at the Elsinore Theatre. The improvements are part of a major new vision by the board and staff of the historic venue known for its striking Tudor Gothic architecture and wonderful acoustics.

Crews are installing a new central air conditioning system in the Elsinore. A gift of $174,900 from the Michael A. Roth Fund at the Salem Foundation has made it possible to now afford the new system. “Air conditioning was one of the important features desired in 2002 during the Elsinore’s Return To Grandeur restoration project, but there was not sufficient funding to install a system,” said Tom Fohn, executive director. “This gift is much appreciated by all who worked so hard to rebuild the Elsinore, as well as the current board and staff. With the warming trend we have seen in recent years, a cool theatre in the summer months will be most appreciated by guests who come for future performances. Thanks to Mr. Roth’s fund at the Salem Foundation, the Elsinore can host more events during the summer.” Thanks also to Salem Heating & Sheet Metal, Northside Electric, McGilchrist Roofing, Mike Adams Construction, and others working on the project.

Crews are applying a fresh coat of paint on the exterior to brighten the theatre’s look and enhance the High Street area of downtown. Eileea and Don Bourne contributed $26,000 to pay for the new paint job. Dan Miller Painting is doing the work as weather permits. “Mrs. Bourne has been a delightful friend to the Elsinore in recent months. After losing her husband to illness just last year, she is making an effort to support her favorite charities with savings and investments that her husband worked hard to accumulate,” said Don Russo, development director. “The Elsinore is fortunate to be among her favorites.”

Night lighting now illuminates the Mattingly mural on the back wall of the Elsinore. A local group called Friends of the Mattingly Mural raised over $27,000 to pay for repainting and lighting of the unique wall art. The lighting contributes to the downtown atmosphere and makes this work of art more visible when people are downtown. Wells Fargo was generous in the project as well by making a gift for the restoration and allowing the new light to be mounted on the canopy for their ATM drive-thru.

A new logo and new website compliment the improvements. Cuffe Sohn Design designed the new look. “The Elsinore is a great venue, but is perceived by some as a museum piece,” he said. “To appeal to broader demographic groups, we have to change people’s minds about the Elsinore and create a new identity. It needs to compete for the interests of younger and more diverse audiences without losing its current audience.”

Take a look around the website and see what you think of the new Elsinore.