The Oregon Theater Project is an ongoing research project on the history of movie-going and exhibition in Oregon. The project is currently focused on the silent era, from the end of the 19th century until the late 1920s. Use the interactive timeline below to explore the state's theaters throughout the decades. Click on a theater's icon to view its details.
The following Oregon cities are the current focus of the project; new cities and towns will be added in the future.
The Bell Theatre in Springfield opened in January 1912 at 208-216 Main St. in the ground floor of the Seavey Building, which J.A. (Jess) Seavey had built the previous year. The same space had originally housed the Independent theater. According to Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, the theater space was…