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Iconic Corvallis Theatre is Getting a Facelift

CORVALLIS, Ore. — An iconic Corvallis theater is getting a facelift.

Whiteside Theatre was built in 1922 and since then has been subjected to extreme weather conditions.  Monday, workers began repairing some areas that have been damaged, while at the same time maintaining it to historical standards.

The 90-year-old building was used until 2002 and opened back up for business last year for large events.

However, age and weather started to take a toll on the outside of the building.

Last year, crews fixed part of the cornice on the facade that fell off.

Now, Whiteside Theatre Foundation leaders decided to not take anymore chances and fix up that whole area.

Since it’s on the National Register of Historic Buildings list, the plan needs to follow pretty strict rules.

“I can’t use modern mortar to repair this building. I have to make my own mortar mixes to put a compatible mortar in to keep the building in good shape,” said Ash Stone Masonry Owner Alan Ash.

“It’s still in pristine shape, and we want it to be the movie palace and entertainment venue for downtown Corvallis,” said Whiteside Theatre Foundation Chair George Pearson.

The nearly $20,000 project is funded in part by the Kinsman Foundation and private donors.

Foundation leaders say they’ll repair other parts of the building this summer as well.

Crews expect this portion of the repairs to be completed in about a month.

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