By Chaney Coman, Grants Manager

 

The Alger Theatre in Lakeview is one of Oregon’s latest entries to the National Parks Service Registry of Historic Places. Now owned and operated by Lakeview Community Partnership, a nonprofit dedicated to the economic revitalization of downtown Lakeview, the Alger has served as a cultural and entertainment center for the community since it opened in 1940.

“It is unusual for a small community such as ours to receive this honor,” shared Ginger Casto, a volunteer for Lakeview Community Partnership (LCP) who has been dedicated to the revitalization of the Alger since the organization purchased the building in 2018.

LCP has worked with a historic preservation consultant to renovate the Theatre since 2019. Though the pandemic and rising costs slowed initial fundraising and renovation efforts, the LCP membership has worked diligently to refurbish the historic marquee sign board and purchase the adjacent building, called the “Annex,” which will be remodeled to accommodate future needs for performance, ADA restrooms, offices and storage. 

“Lakeview is located 55 miles from the nearest theater in Alturas, CA and 100 miles from Klamath Falls. There is no other facility that can accommodate both film and cultural events,” Casto shared.

The Alger has remained operational throughout the restoration, offering eclectic programming, including film screenings (everything from Tombstone to touring independent short films), comedy shows, and a rentable space for local community events, like annual dance recitals and school concerts.  

In 2023, LCP completed Phase 1 of their Alger renovation in part with support from Roundhouse. Phase 1 included facade repairs, exterior painting and many small upgrades to electrical. The iconic ‘Alger’ neon sign was repaired and returned in December, lit up for the first time in its new form just in time for the holidays. Future work includes additional exterior work, before tackling interior upgrades.

Learn more about the Alger Theatre on their Facebook page.

 

Published On: April 22nd, 2024 / Categories: Featured Grant Stories, Foundation Highlights, Grant News /