Hometown Show provides a historical sketch of movie theaters in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon, from 1906-1919. The timespan covers a period that film historians define as the “nickelodeon era,” a time of rapid change and growth in filmmaking and moviegoing in the United States.

Nearly all of the theaters profiled in Hometown Show could have their own detailed histories, with a month-by-month chronicle of each movie and vaudeville act on the program. What Hometown Show may lack in depth, it makes up for in breadth, providing a little information about every theater: years of operation, location, ownership, programming, and promotional strategies. The introduction provides a broader context for the local theaters profiled here to demonstrate how they were part of larger trends in American film history during this period.

Timeline of Theaters
in Eugene and Springfield

Pre-1906

Bijou Theatre

Lane’s Opera House

Rhinehart’s Opera House

Parker’s Opera House

Eugene Theatre

1906

1907

Population: Eugene 7,500; Springfield 950

Bijou Theatre Eugene Theatre

Springfield Opera House

1908

1909

1910

Population: Eugene 9,009; Springfield 3,000

1911

1912

1913

1914

1915

1916

1917

1918

1919