Community pushing to revive historic Lakeview theater
LAKEVIEW, Ore. (AP) — An effort is underway to renovate and reopen the Alger Theater, a 1940 landmark that was once the center of social life in the southern Oregon town of Lakeview.
The Herald and News reports that entering the Alger is a step back in time, with few changes to the original decor. Inside there’s a balcony, a vintage popcorn machine, a large stage for live performance, and a projector room filled with 1930s-era equipment.
The Alger has mostly sat idle since 2014, a victim of the switch to digital film distribution.
An anonymous donor saved the theater by purchasing it for $170,000, and intends to sell it to a nonprofit that’s trying to revitalize downtown. Students, businesses and service organizations have been busy raising money.
Though Lakeview has seen its seven lumber mills reduced to one, downtown has perked up with new businesses, renovated storefronts and well-attended community events.
Information from: Herald and News, http://www.heraldandnews.com