Pathé Pictures was a production and distribution company that played films in theaters across Oregon between 1912 and 1917. Indeed, most of Pathé’s business revolved around circulating their reels from theater to theater and city to city via regional film exchanges.
Places where films are shown outside of conventional theater spaces
Heppner, Oregon is home to its very own Star Theatre, which was known as being one of the only theatres to show moving pictures in Heppner Oregon during the early 1900's as well as being a popular public space for other forms of performance art. Heppner's Star Theatre was owned and operated by B.G. Sigsbee and the program usually showed local short films and/or feature length films. The films showed at the theatre ranged in genres, including comedies, drama, war, etc.
Oaks Amusement Park, located on the Willamette river and near the present-day Sellwood Bridge, opened its gates for the first time on June 1st of 1905. The amusement park was a huge family place of amusement for their rides, live music, roller arena, picnicking and many other activities.
Edward T. Shields and his constant involvement with Portland entertainment in the early 1900s established staples in the local community for family-friendly fun. His early work in places such as Cable Park and Willamette Heights Park introduced him to outdoor theater work but wasn’t hands on with this work until the inception of his own Shield’s Park in 1902, an outdoor, independent vaudeville theater (Labosier, 307).
On July 23rd of 1905 the Belasco was transitioning between shows. The final two days of what The Sunday Oregonian called “the most brilliant engagement of the season” was coming to a close. Anthony Hope’s The Prisoner of Zenda was closing out to make room for the “much-discussed” comedy, David Belasco’s Naughty Anthony.