The Liberty Theatre Historic Preservation
Initially built in 1925, the first stage of the restoration of the Liberty Theatre was completed in 2006, with the Theatre reopening for business in April of 2005.
In 2020 we completed the second phase of renovations to increase our stage support infrastructure, adding a fully-functional concessions stand and a brand-new box office. Our vestibule was enclosed in glass, and much of the Theatre was converted to LED to lower operating costs.
The restoration of the Liberty Theatre has dramatically impacted the economic development of downtown Astoria, serving as a magnet for commercial activity, professional firms, and a revitalized downtown. Almost one dollar is pushed back into our local economy for every dollar you spend on tickets. We actively partner with local restaurants, shops, and hotels, realizing that we are only as strong as the community around us.
The rehabilitation of this key property has provided a positive example for other building owners. Since its reopening, it has brought hundreds of thousands of visitors and residents to downtown Astoria. The economic benefits to downtown restaurants and the local hotel industry has been extremely positive.
The restoration of the Liberty Theatre Complex has been crucial from a historic preservation perspective. Outside of Portland or Salem, no other 1920s vintage motion picture palace in Oregon was restored to its original decorative architecture.
School children in four local school districts have had an unparalleled venue for arts enrichment and education and a theatre to showcase student productions. The Liberty has also enabled various active performing arts programs during school vacations.
The successful completion of this restoration has enabled the continuation and growth of existing performing arts activities and attracted new cultural performances that have benefited tourists and residents alike.
We continue restoring and developing the Liberty Theatre into a first-class facility. Our need for dressing rooms and additional space and the continuing updates and replacement of Theatre curtains, maintenance, and infrastructure are continuing endeavors.
Donations may be made online under SUPPORT THE LIBERTY, dropped off at the Theater, or mailed to Liberty Restoration Inc., 1203 Commercial, Astoria, Oregon 97103
You may also contact our Executive Director, Jennifer Crockett at 503.325.5922 x 33 or firstname.lastname@example.org.