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Oregon Theatre

Photo from the Konrad Schiecke collection.
110 N Fourth St
Oregon IL

Record #8302  
 Opened: 1905
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Current Use: Retail
Capacity: 400 seats
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Star
 Previously operated by: Kerasotes Theatres, Bowman Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Konrad Schiecke.

Of the two vaudeville/silent film theaters in early-1900s Oregon, only the Star was able to survive for more than a short time. The Star Theatre was built in 1905 by Harry Emerson at 110 North Fourth Street and had 190 seats. Several owners later, Russell Lamb owned the theatre in the early 1930s. Around 1940, the theatre expanded into the burned-out grocery store next door, effectively doubling its capacity to 400 seats, and the name was changed to the Oregon. The business was sold to the Kerasotes chain in 1965, who operated the theatre until its closing in 1981. The building was then purchased by Robert Newlon, who turned it into Bob's TV and Appliance. The floor remains sloped and the marquee is intact.

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Photos from the Konrad Schiecke collection.

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