Aspects of moviegoing and exhibition specific to children

Ye Liberty Theatre in the Weekly Chemawa American

Ye Liberty Theater ad, 1911
Weekly Chemawa American, July 14, 1911.

At left is an advertisement for the program ‘The Best Our Ambition’ at the Ye Liberty Theatre in

The Roseburg Theater- The Latest Novelty

Roseburg Theater advertisement, 1905
Roseburg Plaindealer, July 6, 1905. HIstoric Oregon Newspapers.

In these two separate advertisements located next to each other in The Plaindealer’s July 6, 1905 paper, The Roseburg Theater boasts two shows on the same days: Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8.

Portland Majestic Theater Owner Censorship Public Statement

Edwin F. James was a highly regarded businessman who moved from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon to open the Majestic Theater on June 11, 1911. The theater sat 1,100 people and was the first palace in Portland to show silent feature films and was later the first to add live organ music to silent films viewings.

Portland Theaters & the Community

It seems that quite a bit of Portland theaters during the early 20th century would organize charity programs or host public leisure events to become friendly with the community, and further research proves that a similar kind of behavior exists among the popular theater chains of today.