Vaudette Theatre

387 Court Street NE,
Salem, OR 97301

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Vaudette Theatre

Salem’s first five-cent movie theatre is located in the Wagner building and opened its doors on June 20, 1907 by Messrs. T.B. Morgan and H.E. Perry, both from Traverse City, Michigan. It had a capacity of 150 seats but can be upgraded to 200.

However, there is some unique things about this nickelodeon. It had an unusual advertising scheme with pictures of various local advertisements scrambling all over the auditorium walls. The seats are wooden foldables and there were once several glass panels but those panels were removed before opening. Lastly there was a large phonograph horn thrust through the space. The phonograph itself is operated from the inside and can be heard a block away.

The Vaudette Theatre closed in October 1909.

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