Star Theater

13 NW 6th Avenue,
Portland, OR 97209

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Star Theater (Official)

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Previously operated by: Saxe Amusement Enterprises

Functions: Live Theatre

Previous Names: Princess Theater, Star Burlesk

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 503.248.4700

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The Saxe Amusement Company premiered the Princess Theater in May of 1911. Originally a venue for the screening of silent film, the theater changed its name to Star Burlesk and format to burlesque in 1939.

It later returned to screening movies, and in 1988 the Star Theater was the focus of the City of Portland v. Tidyman Oregon Supreme Court ruling which established the state’s free speech protections. For its 100th birthday the theater was extensively restored and upgraded to accommodate live performances. (Not to be confused with the other Star Theatre which has its own page on Cinema Treasures).

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Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

CSWalczak on September 22, 2012 at 11:37 pm

A picture of the Star can be seen here. The sign under the marquee is of historical interest.

There are also some pictures accompanying this article from 2009 when the theater was raided for selling liquor without a license.

CSWalczak on September 22, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Official website:

thisisjohnbook on January 27, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Old newspaper ad, showing when they were also known as “Star Burlesk”.

DavidZornig on March 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm

A couple of links with vintage photos of the Star.

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