Liberty Theater (Astoria, Oregon)
The Astor Building in 2011
|Location||1203 Commercial Street|
|Area||0.21 acres (0.085 ha)|
|Architect||Bennes and Herzog|
|Artist||Joseph Knowles (painter)|
|Architectural style||Italian Renaissance|
|Part of||Astoria Downtown Historic District (#98000631)|
|NRHP reference #||84002938|
|Added to NRHP||September 7, 1984|
The Liberty Theater is a historic vaudeville theater and cinema in Astoria, Oregon, United States. The whole commercial building of which the theater is the major occupant is also known as the Astor Building, especially in the context of historic preservation.
Opened in 1925 as the first theater to be re-established after the destruction of the Astoria fire of 1922, the Liberty Theater was seen as symbolizing the city's rebirth. Its Italian Renaissance architectural and decorative style was unique among Astoria's commercial buildings and stood out from the rest of the post-fire reconstruction. Notably, the auditorium features a set of 12 mural-style oil-on-canvas paintings depicting Venetian canal scenes by local artist Joseph Knowles, extending the Mediterranean atmosphere of the architecture. The building was built for the theater chain of Claude Jensen and John von Herberg, one of over thirty venues they operated throughout the Pacific Northwest, and was designed by the Portland architectural firm of Bennes and Herzog.[a]
- Goodenberger, John; Steinmann, Robert (December 12, 1983), National Register of Historic Places Inventory — Nomination Form: Astor Building (PDF), retrieved January 19, 2017.
- Goodenberger, John E. (August 19, 1997), National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Astoria Downtown Historic District (PDF), retrieved October 14, 2015.
- National Park Service (September 21, 1984), Weekly announcement of National Register of Historic Places actions (PDF), p. 134, retrieved January 19, 2017.
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