The Woodburn Bungalow Theater is one of four historic Oregon theaters that was awarded a $100,000 matching grant from Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The agency announced last week that it had awarded 27 matching grants for Oregon Main Street Network organizations across the state, totaling $2,355,700.
The grants range from $17,500 to $100,000 and were awarded to organizations for building projects that encourage economic revitalization.
The Bungalow Theater is attached to the Woodburn Historical Museum, located in downtown Woodburn at 455 N. Front St. The Bungalow Theater, Woodburn's first movie theater, operated between 1911 and 1954, according to the city of Woodburn. The building was constructed in 1894.
The Woodburn Historical Museum was founded in 1986. The city purchased the museum and adjoining theater in the 1990s, according to the city of Woodburn.
The city received an $8,000 grant from Oregon Heritage in August 2015 for the installation of four new exhibits. The goal of the museum renovation was to modernize the museum and make the exhibits more reflective of Woodburn's diverse history.
The recent grant will be used to complete roof and seismic upgrades for the theater and museum buildings, which will allow for additional improvements to be made, according to the city of Woodburn. The city is matching the grant with $165,000.
Once restored, the theater will be used for local theatrical performances, music and dance recitals, movie screenings and other activities.