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City closes Egyptian Theatre, Coos Bay Oregon
World File Photo The Egyptian Theatre has been closed by the city of Coos Bay for safety concerns.
The city of Coos Bay announced today it has closed the historic Egyptian Theatre until structural repairs can be completed.
The Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association and the Coos Bay Urban Renewal Agency will partner on a funding campaign to raise nearly $4 million to restore the city-owned movie house at 229 S. Broadway.
‘Out of concern for public safety, the theater will be closed until the necessary repairs can be undertaken,” says a press release from the city.
The decision came after a December engineering study by ZCS Engineering Inc. that identified the sinking rear hall as the primary concern plus several other structural deficiencies.
The cost was projected at $3,743,682.
Repairs to the foundation, west walls, roof structure, and balcony must be made in one phase.
‘It meets the standard of a dangerous building and it needs to be treated as such,” said City Manager Rodger Craddock.
He said last week’s tsunami scare played a role in the city’s decision to close the 1920s theater.
This was the same weekend the theater hosted a Clambake Jazz Festival band who drew a large crowd.
It will take time to raise the money.
Meanwhile, Southwestern Oregon Community College and Marshfield High School have offered to host upcoming events.
The Egyptian is more than a community venue for political debates and Bay Area Teen Idol. The theater showed two classic movies each weekend. Tickets were free or inexpensive, and concessions were a bargain.
Its regularly scheduled show times will obviously take an intermission.
Saved in 2006
The Egyptian Theatre is a unique public-private partnership that grew from the theater’s closure by its private owners in 2005.
The Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association was formed and developed a plan to save the theater.
After presentations to the city council, the association convinced the Urban Renewal Agency to purchase the property as a cultural amenity.
In 2006, the agency signed a management agreement with the preservation association, allowing it to manage and operate the movie house on behalf of the city.
The building was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on May 24, 2010.
Reporter Nate Traylor can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 236; or at ntraylor.