Oregon Shakespeare Festival Gets Upgrade

ASHLAND, Ore.– The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is getting a big upgrade. A half-million dollar sound system is being installed at OSF’s Allen Elizabethan Theatre. The money was gifted from Ashland residents. The director of production at OSF, Alys Holden, said guests were having a hard time hearing actors voices. This new system will enhance sound … Continue reading »

Festival Showcases Jewish Films

EUGENE, Ore. — A local nonprofit is starting up a film festival this weekend. Jewish Events Willamette-valley, or JEW, is an organization dedicated to building Jewish community, pride and learning. This year it teamed up with the Bijou to show a film with some sort of Jewish aspect once a month for a year. The … Continue reading »

Bijou’s Downtown Theater Opens Saturday

EUGENE, Ore. — The Bijou Metro theater will finally open its doors to the public Saturday. Owners say the original theater on 13th Avenue will remain open and show the larger, more marketable films, but this new spot will be special. The new location will house four small theaters seating about 17 to 36 people … Continue reading »

Bijou Gets New Projectors

EUGENE, Ore. — Community support helped a local independent theater make some major upgrades. The Bijou launched a Kickstarter account to try to raise enough money to buy three new digital projectors. People responded, donating more than $41,000. Bijou managers are getting ready to install the new projectors and new seats this week. “Come downtown, … Continue reading »

Captioning Glasses Available in Theaters

EUGENE, Ore. — Regal Cinemas are providing more convenient options for their hearing-impaired patrons with new Sony closed captioning glasses. Regal distributed the glasses to 6,000 of its theaters across the country, including 10 pairs to its location in Eugene. So now, rather than going to specific closed-captioned showings, which the Eugene Regal theater offers … Continue reading »

Bijou Fundraises for Digital Transition

EUGENE, Ore. — Bijou Cinemas is the only movie theater in the city that still uses 35-millimeter film. As the theater moves its film projectors to the new downtown location this spring, it will convert the old projectors to digital. The transition will cost around $40,000 dollars. The theater started a campaign on the website … Continue reading »

Bijou Fundraises to Go Digital

EUGENE, Ore. — Bijou Art Cinemas kicked off its fundraising campaign Friday to finally switch over to digital film. The owner says the theater is well on its way to its goal of $38,713 to purchase a digital projector. Donations totaled nearly $8,000 as of Friday afternoon. One of the owners say the conversion is … Continue reading »

Local Theater Sees Sweet Success

EUGENE, Ore. — A combination of sweets and smarts is behind a business partnership in downtown Eugene. David Minor Theater in downtown Eugene is the only place you can go to watch a movie and have a beer in town. Now you can get dessert, too. The theater has a look and feel that sets … Continue reading »

New Oregon Shakespeare Festival Director

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland will have new management for the upcoming season. The festival announced that Cynthia Rider will take over as Executive Director. She takes over from current director Paul Nicholson, who retires in December after 33 years with OSF. Rider comes to Oregon from Kansas City Repertory Theatre, … Continue reading »

Phoinix Players Open New Theater

EUGENE, Ore. — Hoping to catch a show this weekend? What about seeing live musical theater? You can do that; The Phoinix Players are now in Eugene. Phoinix Players, a musical theater group, has performed in Junction City for the last two years. The group just relocated to Eugene and opened up the Red Cane … Continue reading »