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Celebrate the Tower’s 75th Birthday

Celebrate the Tower’s 75th Birthday

Celebrate the 75th birthday of Central Oregon’s iconic Tower Theatre on Sunday, March 8, as the Tower Theatre Foundation re-creates the 1940 grand opening. The event kicks-off the historic venue’s diamond anniversary year and features the first film ever shown at the Tower, “Four Wives.” Pre-show entertainment includes vintage cartoons and newsreels. “And we're rolling back tickets to 1940 prices – 25 cents at the door!” said Ray Solley, executive director of the nonprofit Foundation. Free birthday cake will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

“Four Wives” was the third installment of a popular Warner Bros. movie quartet in the late 1930s and early ’40s following the life, loves and families of the Lane sisters. In “Four Wives,” described as “sentimental but well-acted” by critic Leonard Maltin, Ann (Priscilla Lane) struggles to move on after her husband dies. Her sisters – Kay (Rosemary Lane), Thea (Lola Lane) and Emma (Gale Page) – try to pull her from her rut. Ann finds love again with a musician from her past, but shockingly discovers she carries the child of her deceased husband. Meanwhile, her sisters deal with their own life changes of marriage, adoption and pregnancy.

Before the movie, Todd Looby, executive director of BendFilm, will share some background on “Four Wives” director Michael Curtiz. A Hungarian immigrant and contract director for Warner Bros. studio, Curtiz went on to helm such classics as “Casablanca,” “White Christmas,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Mildred Pierce,” and even Elvis in “King Creole.”

The nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation owns and operates the historic stage in downtown Bend. The Foundation’s mission is to be the leading performing arts organization, providing cultural and education programs that make an essential contribution to Central Oregon’s lifestyle and strengthen the community. Membership, program information and individual and group tickets are available at the box office (835 NW Wall), by phone (541-317-0700) or online ( Details on events are also at


What:              Tower’s 75th Birthday Party

When:             Sunday, March 8

Doors Open – 5 pm     Movie Starts – 6 pm

Where:            Tower Theatre – 835 NW Wall Street – Bend, Oregon

Tickets:           25-cents at the door

                          General Admission Seating

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