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Let There Be Light

Live at The Tower!

This event was rescheduled from November 2020.  Tickets are valid for the new date.   If you have any questions please contact the Box Office by phone at 541-317-0700, or email

We hope you recognize the profound impact COVID-19 is having on the staff, crew and operations of the nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation. Rather than a refund, please consider one of these ways to help sustain the performing arts during this difficult time:

  • Donate the price of your unused tickets as a tax-deductible gift to the Tower
  • Apply the ticket amount as credit to your account or exchange for a future program
  • Purchase a Tower membership
  • Text “Tower” to 44321 with a special donation


Thank you for your patience and your understanding.


Tickets:  $7 plus $3 historical preservation fee

Using archives of the Deschutes Historical Museum and interviews with former pageant royalty and event organizers, “Let There Be Light: The History of Bend’s Water Pageant” details the unique night-time parade of floats on Mirror Pond that married theater and historical pageantry every July 4th for over three decades.

Born out of a drive to increase commerce during The Great Depression, the annual Central Oregon tradition grew from humble beginnings in 1933 to an event that drew thousands of tourists to Drake Park through 1965. Hundreds of volunteers dedicated countless hours and energy to produce the affair, known for its towering arch illuminated with colorful lights and the iconic Queen’s Swan float.

A panel of original Pageant participants will share their memories and insights on this nostalgic chapter of Bend history immediately following the screening (25 minutes; unrated). The panel features:

·       Kelly Cannon-Miller, Executive Director, DCHS

·       Brent Barnett, Director, Future Filmworks

·       Paul Reynolds, Former Pageantarian and mayor

·       Jim Crowell, local historian

·       Harriet Clark, Water Pageant Court, 1957

·       Joanie Benson Wheeler, Water Pageant Court, 1959

·       Pat Hollenbeck Myer, Water Pageant Court, 1959

DVDs of the documentary by Future Filmworks, produced by the Deschutes County Historical Society, will be available for purchase.

Funding for this presentation made possible in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust Creativity Grant


Our relaunch plan adheres to the guidance from Governor Brown, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Deschutes County Health Services.

Here are some important changes you’ll notice attending a performance at the Tower Theatre:

• 6’ physical distancing between groups must be respected at all times.
• Face coverings are required and will be available to those who do not bring one.
• Intermissions will be limited or, whenever possible, eliminated entirely.
• Seating will be assigned by Box Office staff.
• Common touchpoints will be sanitized before, during, and after performances.
• Multiple hand-sanitizing stations have been installed for your convenience.
• Guests will be encouraged to leave by rows to avoid crowding while exiting.

For further details on the Tower Theatre Foundation’s re-opening and operating procedures please click here. Patrons will also receive an event-specific email prior to attending events. We thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you soon!​

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