Are images of yellow parkas and button eyes forever ingrained in your mind? It might be hard to believe that it’s been a decade since Laika’s groundbreaking stop-motion film “Coraline” first hit the big screen. “Coraline” was the first feature film produced by Oregon-based Laika Studios and the first feature-length movie made using replacement faces printed on a 3D printer. A total of 15,000 replacement faces were created, and the film took more than four years to complete.
It was worth it. The seminal movie has risen to the ranks of cult classic with a dark fantasy theatrical journey that simply can’t be replicated, ever. Though the story is adapted from English author Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name, the movie “Coraline” is uniquely set in Ashland in Southern Oregon, with many scenes depicting familiar mountains, houses and neighborhoods — to the delight of locals.
In honor of the film’s 10th anniversary and in part with #OregonMade, “Coraline” will be shown in six historic theaters across the state from February 11 to March 2, 2019. Ticket prices for all screenings are $10. Proceeds from the box office will go to the North Umpqua Trail Project and the Lower Deschutes River Post-fire Restoration Project. Show your support by attending one of the showings below (before tickets sell out!).
Monday, February 11, 2019
About the theater: The Hollywood Theatre first opened its doors in 1926, built as both a vaudeville house and a movie theatre, and has been a Portland landmark ever since. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, and the theater brought back 70 mm projection in 2015. The ground-level auditorium is wheelchair-accessible. Beer, wine, Sizzle Pie pizza, Salt and Straw ice cream and other concessions are available for purchase. 4122 NE Sandy Blvd Portland, OR 97212 Buy tickets
Saturday, February 16, 2019
About the theater: Built in 1925, the Egyptian Theatre was inspired by the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb and the Egyptian Revival style of the time. Throughout the theater are tributes to the era, from bronze pharaoh statues to a winged Horus disc above the stage. Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the Egyptian Theatre is the largest movie house of its kind on the Oregon Coast. The main floor has an ADA-compliant restroom. 229 S Broadway, Coos Bay, OR 97420 Learn more
About the theater: The Liberty Theatre opened in 1925 as symbol of rebirth following the Astoria fire of 1922. It features an Italian Renaissance architecture style and inside showcases paintings depicting Venice canal scenes. The theater is the primary occupant of the Astor Building, and in 1984 the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. 1203 Commercial St, Astoria, OR 97103 Buy tickets
About the theater: Opened in 1936, the St. Francis School was the first parochial school established in Central Oregon. In 2000, the school relocated to northeast Bend and the downtown property was transferred to McMenamins. Onsite there are now 60 guestrooms, bars, a brewery, live music venue, soaking pool and the movie theater. 700 NW Bond St, Bend, OR 97703 Buy tickets
About the theater: Formerly known as the Art Deco Esquire Theater, built in 1940, the Ross Ragland Theater was saved from demolition and re-opened its doors in 1989. Its namesake, Ross Ragland, was a prominent local civic leader and champion of the arts. Today the 740-seat theater hosts a variety of live music and movie events, in addition to curriculum-based cultural experiences for schoolchildren. 218 N 7th St, Klamath Falls, OR 97601 Buy tickets
About the theater: Located in the heart of downtown Ashland, the Varsity Theatre is an art deco-inspired art house featuring five wall-to-wall screens. Every April since 2001 the theater hosts the Ashland Independent Film Festival, screening 80 films in five days. 166 E Main St, Ashland, OR 97520 Buy tickets