Drain Theater

Drain, OR 97435

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Architects: Ted Francis

Styles: Quonset Hut

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Drain Theater

The Drain Theater was designed by Ted Francis for Golda Woolman in 1948. The 396 seat theater was completed for $39,000.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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GaryParks on March 20, 2007 at 8:36 pm

The auditorium structure was a Quonset design.

I never saw the Drain personally, but relatives took a couple of photos for me when they stumbled upon the theatre in the early 1990s. It was closed at the time. The photos I have show it looking just like it does in the old photo in the above-posted link, with one significant exception. The theatre had been given a new vertical neon sign, which, judging by its style, was likely added circa 1957.

The 1947-48 Theatre Catalog features a short write-up with three photos. In addition to the view in the above post, there is a photo of the little no-nonsense lobby, and a view of the simple, acoustic-panelled, vaulted auditorium, with rectangular proscenium and a small neon clock to the left of it, and a single exit door to the right.

TLSLOEWS on May 28, 2010 at 11:34 am

Sad looking 1984 photo.

GaryMeyer on March 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

In about 1969 my wife (then girlfriend) Cathy and I were on a camping trip and the Drain Theatre in Drain, Oregon was showing 2001 with MA AND PA KETTLE GO TO WAIKIKI. Now that is a trip!

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