If you have not
experienced the Historic Elsinore Theatre since our renovation,
you are missing one of the most magnificent historic theatres in
the nation. Built in 1926 and restored in 2004, it is truly a
place of Grandeur and is the last remaining example of a Tudor
Gothic atmospheric theatre in North America. With its 30 foot
high Gothic lobby, exquisite stained glass windows, 24 foot tall
murals of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth’s Witches along with the
1,300 seat auditorium it is truly a Theatre to experience.
Each season the Theatre offers our community a variety of
wonderful shows that delight and entertain. Thanks to each of
you who donate to our year-end appeal. These gifts
the day-to-day operation of the Theatre, and help us provide a
world-class theatre that our entire community can enjoy. You can
view a complete calendar of events on the “calendar” section of
the web page.
See you at the Theatre!
Stephen R. Martin, Executive Director
WHAT’S NEW AT THE
New Dressing Rooms, New Stage Flooring, New Aisle Carpeting,
New Sound and Lighting, A Beautiful Renovated Lobby and
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Featuring classic, contemporary and silent films in
partnership with Chemeketa Community College and Allied Video.
See the Film Series
THANK YOU FRIENDS OF THE
ELSINORE….YOU ARE THE REASON THAT EVERYTHING IS NEW!
DID YOU EVER WONDER....
those performers painted on the back of the Theatre?
Theda Bara (Cleopatra), Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich and W.
C. Fields are subjects of the mural was painted by James Mattingly
in 1984. Professor Mattingly was Arts Chair at Western
Oregon University in Monmouth at the time of the painting.
What’s the story on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ played at Silent Movies?
The Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ was donated to the Theatre in 1994 by the
Clayton Parks Family. The organ has three key boards, twenty six
ranks and 1,778 pipes which are housed over the proscenium arch.
The organ has been completely restored through a $60,000 grant
from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and is now called the
Parks/Murdock Mighty Wurlitzer. This organ is one of the 60
Wurlitzer theatre organs remaining in the nation. <Read
the Theatre cost to build in 1926?
Mr. George B. Guthrie, a prominent Portland attorney built the
Theatre in 1926 for $250,000, exceeding the $100,000 originally
budgeted for the project.
Where did the name Elsinore originate?
The Elsinore received its name from Shakespeare’s immortal
tragedy, Hamlet. The design is based on the historic Elsinore
Castle in Denmark which is believed to be the setting William
Shakespeare chose for Hamlet.
theatre's grand drape is still in remarkably good condition after
76 years of use. Can you guess why?
During the theatres many movie years, patrons were allowed to
smoke in the auditorium. That's right, nicotine from their many
cigarettes actually acted as a preservative. (Sorry smokers, we
are not changing our policy).
Another reason is that during the movie years, the drapery was
lifted to the fly loft for the majority of the time. It's forward
position directly behind the fire curtain protected it from damage
from people. It also was never sprayed with today's chemical fire
retardants, which would have caused its demise within fifteen
years. Finally, the lack of air-conditioning kept the curtain from
getting overly dried out.
ELSINORE THEATRE IN THE
Over the years, Elsinore Theatre has been making headlines.