Craterian Theater

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Coordinates: 42°19′34.28″N 122°52′18.35″W / 42.3261889°N 122.8717639°W / 42.3261889; -122.8717639

Craterian Theater
The Craterian, Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater
Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater.jpg
The Craterian from Vogel Plaza
Address 23 South Central Ave
Medford, Oregon
United States
Owner Rogue Valley Art Association
Capacity 732
Construction
Opened 1924-October-20
Rebuilt 1996-1997
Architect Frank Chamberlain Clark
Website
craterian.org

The Craterian Theater at The Collier Center for the Performing Art is a state-of-the-art performing arts center located in Medford, Oregon.

While the theater has a seating capacity of 732, the theater will frequently hold large, national concerts, dance, and theatrical tours. The Craterian Theater facility is also used for community performances, rehearsals, classes, conferences, receptions, and more.[1] The Theater holds many different types of performances including Broadway tours, traveling musicians, and local performances for organizations such as the Rogue Valley Symphony and the Rogue Valley Chorale.

The Craterian Theater also has two theater companies that it has adopted including Teen Musical Theater of Oregon and Next Stage Repertory Company.[2]

History[edit]

In 1923, the Page Theater burned down after ten years of performances.[3] At the time there were no other theaters in Medford with a large capacity, so in 1924 business owner Jeremiah Henry Cooley and attorney Porter Joseph Neff collaborated to construct one. The building was designed by architect Frank Chamberlain Clark and would be leased to George A. Hunt. The original name of the theater was decided by a 1925 contest held with a $25 prize. The winning entry, Hunt's Craterian Theater, was submitted by a Mrs. W.P. Brooks, a resident of Medford, who named it after nearby Crater Lake.[4]

The building was renamed "Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater" in 1997 after the building was restored, in honor of Ginger Rogers, an actress who performed there as early as 1926.[5][6]

As of August 30, 2012, the theater has been renamed The Craterian Theater at The Collier Center for the Performing Arts, named after James Collier, a large benefactor in the Rogue Valley. [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Craterian Theater History". Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Teen Musical Theater of Oregon". Craterian Theater. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  3. ^ Truwe, Ben (transcriptionist) (2006). "Diary of Fred Alton Haight". Southern Oregon Historical Society and the Talky Tina Press. Retrieved 2009-04-19.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "History". Craterian Theater at The Collier Center for the Performing Arts. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission" (PDF). City of Medford. 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2009-04-19.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Facility History". Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  7. ^ "About The Craterian". Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater. Retrieved 2013-07-16.