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Egyptian Theater, Coos Bay

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The Egyptian Theatre is a historic movie theatre in Coos Bay, Oregon, United States. It was originally built as a garage, and was converted to a theatre in 1925. With a seating capacity of 770, the theatre is an example of the Egyptian Theatre style of Egyptian Revival architecture that was popular in the early 20th century in the U.S., especially following the 1922 discovery of the tomb of King Tut. The building was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on May 24, 2010. In fact it was announced as the featured listing in the National Park Service's weekly list of June 4, 2010.
According to the National Park Service:

The Egyptian Revival style of architecture was favored for many years in Europe and popularized in the United States during the 1920s with the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamen. The style’s potential for exotic, mysterious theatricality lent itself well to movie palace design of the 1920s, but only four movie palaces in this style are documented as surviving in the United States today. One of those four is the Egyptian Theatre, located at 229 S. Broadway in downtown Coos Bay, Oregon. Originally built in 1922 as a garage and converted in 1925 to a movie palace, the theater is essentially unchanged, possessing its original style décor, light fixtures, and furnishings, including its bronze pharaoh statues, friezes depicting lotus, papyrus, discs, uraei, and ravens, columns painted with hieroglyphics and Egyptionesque characters, a proscenium above the stage featuring a replica of an ancient Egyptian temple, and original curtains and painted backdrops. The Egyptian Theatre is an excellent example of the Egyptian Revival style and it continues to function as a movie palace to this day.
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  • During the farmers market, on Wednesdays, from 10-2, they do volunteer led tours of the theater. The community is trying hard to save the theater as a central part of town, the tours give you the...  more »
  • This theatre is worth going to just to see the beautiful restoration. But with comfortable seats, great acoustics and sightlines, it is a great place to take in a concert.  more »
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  • An amazing and beautiful piece of local history! I've been to countless movies, performances, and concerts here and it's always an awesome experience! Highly recommend attending anything at this venue!
  • The NB Winter concert was amazing last night at Egyptian Theatre as it has been in previous years. Theatre itself seems as if it needs a bit more care taken to its cracked lighting fixtures. As in any theatre, there can always be the chatty women behind you that feel it's their right to annoy others. The woman I sat beside was a true treasure & very much enjoyed our meeting & chat during intermission. Good acoustics, comfortable & warm.

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