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Liberty Theatre turning 85

first_imgWhen the theater opened in downtown Camas in 1927, it was the Granada Theater. What: 85th anniversary of the Liberty Theatre, with a showing of “The Jazz Singer” (1927).Where: 315 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.When: 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. Thursday.Cost: $3.75. First 25 guests receive free commemorative poster by Blythe Ayne.On the Web: Liberty TheatreThe grand dame of downtown Camas, the Liberty Theatre, will celebrate her 85th birthday on Thursday with pomp and circumstance.The Granada Theatre — later renamed the Liberty — opened on June 14, 1927, with the motion picture “Lost at the Front,” billed as “A war comedy that calls for bursting laughter as well as shells.”Ticket prices were 10 cents for children and 30 cents for adults.For the anniversary gala, managing director Rand Thornsley had hoped to show “Lost at the Front,” but the film is among the silver screen’s lost treasures.Instead, he will show the 1927 film “The Jazz Singer,” starring Al Jolson. The world’s first motion picture using synchronized dialogue sequences, this classic signaled the end of the silent film era and the beginning of “talkies.”The theater originally offered both movies and live productions on the 25-by-30-foot stage. At the grand opening, live music was performed by radio station singers Hugh Walton and The Three Janes, with Professor Wood playing the pipe organ.Portland architect P.M. Hall Lewis designed the elegant theater in Moorish/Spanish style. In 1927, during the economic boom of the Roaring Twenties, no expense was spared.last_img

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