Egyptian Theatre open again: 'It's a true treasure in the theater world'

COOS BAY, Ore. - When the Egyptian Theatre opened nearly 90 years ago, the town was known as Marshfield.

After a community effort, the historic theater has come to life once again.

Hundreds of people celebrated the grand re-opening of the Egyptian last weekend in downtown Coos Bay.

The smell of popcorn filled the air.

For some, it was the first time ever being inside.

Others reminisced as the Wurlitzer organ played about visits long ago.

"It's a childhood memory," said Joy Robbins. "I'm not going to tell you how many years."

"I used to come here with my grandmother as a child," Dana Grossen said. "We went to every saturday matinee they had."

The community raised over $1 million to save the historic landmark.

"It feels wonderful," said Bill Richardson with the Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association. "It's been a long road, especially in the last couple of weeks. We've been working very hard cleaning and putting the seats in the balcony."

"It's a true treasure in the theater world," said Kara Long, the new executive director at the Egyptian. "You know, we can't rebuild these."

The new playbill is full of performances...

"Children's programming back, live music back, Sunday classics, date nights, pajama parties, sing-alongs, beer and movie nights," Long said. "All kinds of great stuff."