New Vox Theatre

618 Main Street,
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

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JackCoursey on August 9, 2022 at 9:36 pm

Was this also known as the New York? There was a New York Theatre listed in Klamath Falls between 1930 and 1940.

50sSNIPES on April 16, 2022 at 12:48 pm

This theater first opened as the Liberty Theatre in its second location (as the first Liberty Theatre opened as early as 1919 and closed the following year nearby due to relocation). It was constructed beginning in May 1920 by the incorporators of H.W. Poole, D.O. Williams, O.D. Burke, and Charles J. Ferguson as a $150,000 project, with an additional $120,000 for equipment, bringing a total to $270,000, with an original capacity of 1,411.

Like the Liberty, there were also 2 Vox Theaters in Klamath Falls. The first one located not too far from the second location opened its doors on May 24, 1929 with George Jessel in “Lucky Boy” (A Tiffany film) with no extra subjects, with the installation of sound, and was operated by G. McPherson. It closed just before Christmas in 1930 due to the same reason, relocating to the Liberty Theatre and was completely remodeled.

The second Vox Theatre in the Liberty Theatre site opened its doors on March 12, 1931 with Charles Murray in “Caught Cheating” (Yet again another Tiffany film) along with an unnamed Mickey Mouse cartoon, an unknown comedy reel, and a newsreel. The Vox was managed by Jack Heacox who installed the latest RCA Protophone sound a month prior to opening.

The Vox Theatre closed for the final time as a movie house in 1942, but left retained as a special events theater, which involves live performances and vaudeville skits including stuff related to World War II. Shortly afterwards, the Vox immediately converted into a Country Store which includes a section filled with War Bonds.