Olive Theatre

105 N. Barnes Avenue,
Seneca, OR 97873

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Located in Grant County in the Blue Mountains. The Olive Theatre Was in opened around 1930. It had a nickel juke box in the lobby.

Seneca appears to have had a population of only 275 in 1940, up and down to 165 in 2020. U.S. Route 395 is the main drag through town.

Contributed by David Zornig

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 7, 2023 at 6:52 pm

The Olive Theatre first appears in the FDY’s 1931 edition, which means a likely 1930 opening. The house is mentioned in the September 14, 1935 issue of Universal Weekly with the name of the manager, Ed Lewis. The Olive had been receiving Universal’s film service for five years, also indicating a 1930 opening.

The Olive Theatre was at the north end of a short row of stores on the west side of the 100 block of Barnes Avenue (Highway 395.) The entire row has been demolished. The address of the theater would probably have been approximately 105 N. Barnes Avenue.

This 10-page pdf file has a photo of the store building, with the theater at far right, on its fourth page and a photo of the theater interior on the fifth page.

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