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Egyptian Theatre

Bronze statues adorn the movie palace

Downtown Coos Bay, Oregon

229 South Broadway

The Egyptian Theater brings the wonders of ancient Egypt to life. It is an excellent example of the Egyptian Revival style of architecture, which was popularized in the United States during the 1920s with the discovery of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb. Originally built as a garage in 1922 and converted to a movie palace in 1925, it continues to show movies to this day. The theater is essentially unchanged, with its original style décor, light fixtures, and furnishings, including its bronze pharaoh statues, friezes, and columns painted with hieroglyphics and Egyptian characters. It is one of only four documented Egyptian Revival theaters that survives in the U.S. today.

Photo: Bronze statues adorn the movie palace.
– Courtesy Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association/Lee Littlefield

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