Liberty Theatre Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to restore and operate the Theatre as a performing arts center, providing cultural and educational experiences.
Liberty Theatre Foundation envisions a vibrant community where people come together to experience great art, culture, and entertainment in an accessible, sustainable, and historic venue.
The Liberty Theatre was opened as the Orpheum Theatre in 1910, operated as the Arcade from 1911 to 1930 and as the Liberty from 1959 when it was remodeled for commercial purposes. Initially serving as a cultural venue for vaudeville, traveling theater, early movies and a varied dance and music performances, the Liberty last served as a movie theater with an historic ambiance.
Originally seating 632 patrons, The Liberty Theatre survived several remodels, yet retained an historic flavor with a distinguishing balcony and stage, wall decor and wool carpeting, radiators, and unique chandelier and lighting features. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1999 and was a contributing structure in the 2001 nomination for the La Grande Historic District.
The Liberty Theater Foundation Board of Directors
- Dale Mammen, C0-Chair
- Michael Jaeger, Co-Chair
- Doyle Slater, Vice Chair
- Ted Kramer, Secretary
- Mike Moeller, Treasurer
- Kara Rudd
- Brent Smith
- Michael Heather