Craterian Theater at The Collier Center for the Performing Arts

23 S. Central Avenue,
Medford, OR 97501

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DavidZornig on October 3, 2016 at 1:20 pm

Received this message from the folks at the Craterian Theater, regarding when the Ginger Rogers name was changed.

Hello David, we had a celebration concert highlighting the name change on October 27, 2013.

DavidZornig on October 2, 2016 at 10:02 am

Theater name should be changed to “Craterian Theater at The Collier Center for the Performing Arts”. Don’t know when this changed happened, but the one of the photos from their Facebook page I uploaded is from January 2015.

DavidZornig on October 2, 2016 at 9:56 am

The Ginger Rogers name has been removed from the marquee, and changed to Collier Center. Current Craterian marquee photo added, credit the Craterian Theater Facebook page.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 4, 2011 at 7:04 am

The 1952 Boxoffice article about the Craterian Theatre, cited in a comment above by Gerald DeLuca, has been moved to this link.

radioron on November 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm

It is somewhat misleading to characterize the current Craterian as a historic restoration. While the project began as such, it changed along the way and ultimately the entire building was demolished except for the south wall. An entirely new building was then built on the site. The Medford Historic District’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places describes the result thusly: “Designed under the direction of local architect Peter Schmitz and constructed by S.B. James Company, portions of the structural system of the original 1924 building remain within the new design. All exterior materials, openings and other treatments were replaced or altered. While somewhat evocative of the Craterian in spirit, the new Craterian-Ginger Rodgers Theater that opened in March 1997 is essentially a new structure with insufficient connection to the original 1924 building to be considered historic.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 21, 2010 at 7:24 am

The Craterian is the subject of an article and photos in the issue of Boxoffice magazine for October 4, 1952:
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tomdelay on October 27, 2009 at 12:57 am

The pipe organ was a Wurlitzer Style D Special of 3 manuals and 8 ranks. It was sold in 1962 to Bob and Laura Burke in Portland. The organ is still in the Portland area.