Grand Theater

121 W. Central Avenue,
Sutherlin, OR 97479

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Functions: Gymnasium

Previous Names: Rand Theater

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Ed Randle built the Rand Theatre which opened April 9, 1941. It was on E. Central Avenue. He then moved it down the street to its present location.

In 1949, Lloyd Wood & George Ulett bought the Rand Theater, and other theaters in the county. They renamed it the Grand Theater in 1953. It had a pretty good run as an independent house over the years. The last stint as a theater came around 1989, it billed itself as a Playhouse, Cinema & Dance Hall. The last film shown was “Presumed Innocent” in December of 1990.

After that, the building became an auction house and then a boxing gym, athletic club & aerobics center.

Contributed by Steve Swanson

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 20, 2014 at 2:59 pm

An item in the July 3, 1927, issue of The Film Daily said that the Sutherlin Theatre in Sutherlin, Oregon, had been sold to J, Higginbottom, so the Rand was not the town’s first movie theater. The 1927 Film Daily Yearbook lists a 300-seat Gem Theatre at Sutherlin. As the town was still quite small (1927 FDY lists the population as 515,) it is unlikely to have had two theaters, so the Sutherlin Theatre Mr. Higginbottom bought around the middle of the year was probably the same house as the Gem the FDY listed in January.

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