The Pacific Northwest has a new music venue that’s not so new after all.
Astoria, Ore.’s 80-year-old Liberty Theater, formerly a dilapidated movie duplex, has undergone an eight-month, $1.9 million restoration that includes an enlarged stage, new lighting and speaker systems, carpeting, seats and an elevator.
Ornate plaster work and the auditorium’s chandelier have been carefully restored and a replica of the original glass and metal canopy and vertical “Liberty” sign grace the outside of the 600-capacity venue.
Instead of showing movies, the Liberty will serve as a performing arts center, with its restored mezzanine capable of hosting large receptions and events.
In addition to classical music and theatre events, the Liberty Theater has