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(Coos Bay) – The mighty Wurlitzer Organ and stage at the Egyptian Theatre will roar to life for the 85th Anniversary Celebration Friday and Saturday, November 19th and 20th in downtown Coos Bay.

The weekend celebration will feature a silent movie “The Cat and The Canary” (1927) with the renowned organist Paul Quarino at the Wurlitzer Organ.  Experience the theatre as movie-goers of yesteryear.  The movie is free and starts at 7pm on Friday night, November 19th.

On Saturday the 20th, the theatre will open at 6pm.  Barbara Boots and Kathleen Zappelli will lead a sing-a-long with Lee Littlefield accompanying on the Wurlitzer Organ.

Saturday’s event also features live stage performances during the 85th Anniversary Variety Show.  Local talent will perform a variety of stage, comedy and music.  The program will be emceed by Pamela DeJong and Edward Martin who will also perform in the show.

Producer/Director Marty Crouse says the opportunity to create the program was a real honor.  “The talent we have on the south coast is wonderful.  It feels good to celebrate a time-honored treasure while featuring live stage performances the way it was more than 8 decades ago.”  She adds, “This is a community event that is right for all ages and is put together by the community for the community.  I hope people will come and enjoy.”

Saturday admission is only $5.00. The production includes performances by the Philipina Tinikling group and dancing with bamboo poles, the MarLo Dance Studio of Bandon, Ida Jo Gates and Crystal Landucci with a duet on the piano, Soulpie Leader Michael Brumit doing a classical version of ‘Panis Angelicus,’ Kim Edd on the accordion and much more.  The Ally Oop Clowns will also entertain before and during the show.  Attendees will even take a step back in time with period costumes presented by Jeannie Woods & Little Theatre on the Bay.

The Egyptian Theatre opened its doors in 1925 after a group of local businessmen retained renowned architect Lee Arden Thomas to design the structure.  It remains today much as it was back then.  The 2000 people attending opening night were treated to a movie and vaudeville show.  Since then, the Egyptian has been a major source of both movie and stage entertainment.  In 2005 the City of Coos Bay purchased the building to make sure it was preserved.

The Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association (EPTA) operates the Theatre today.  It is home to weekly movies and local stage productions including the Bay Area Teen Idol vocal competition for Coos County Youth.  Tours of the grand facility are granted by appointment.  For information about tours or becoming a member of the ETPA, contact Rick Shearet at 541-297-8659.

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