KOIN Center 6
Photo from the Scott Neff collection
1440 SW Third Ave|
Portland OR 97201
|Record #2903 |
Closed: Yes (date unknown)
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: |
| Previously operated by: ACT III Theatres, Regal Cinemas|
Information for this tour was contributed by Dave Felthous.
KOIN Radio-TV built KOIN Center to house their broadcasting stations and also have room for retail, including the first new downtown cinema in ages.
Ironically, KOIN-TV got on the air thanks to collaboration from The Oregonian newspaper, then owned by the pioneer local Pittock family, and a major investment from the Gamble family. The Gambles owned a small circuit of, shall we say, "lesser" theaters, except for the Bagdad, which still survives as a cinema/pub. They also had the Circle and Capitol on the sleazy edges of downtown, and the Vanport in the suburban tenement housing project thrown up for WWII and occupied almost solely by minorities. Vanport was wiped out by a flood on a hot Memorial Day Sunday in 1948. The loss of life was amazingly small, but hundreds of people lost their homes.
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