Renovated Liberty Theater thrives in Camas

first_imgThe Liberty Theater of Camas turns 90 years old on Wednesday.That’s not hard to believe about an old-fashioned movie palace that helps anchor an old-fashioned downtown. But, after you purchase a 90th birthday screening ticket, you’re still encouraged to size up the place and its history and yell: “Inconceivable!”That words keeps coming up in Wednesday’s main attraction, “The Princess Bride,” a super-clever modern classic that mashes up swashbuckling adventure and sarcastically snappy, highly quotable dialog by screenwriter William Goldman. “The Princess Bride,” which was released in 1987, is also marking an anniversary this year — its 30th — so the Liberty decided to make the celebration a double. (Writer Goldman, incidentally, was the same talented scribe who penned “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”; the director was Rob Reiner, who made “This is Spinal Tap” and “When Harry Met Sally.”)On Wednesday, you can catch a $3 screening of “The Princess Bride” and even go home with a free Liberty Theater poster and some other special swag, if you’re one of the first 100 ticket buyers.The much-ballyhooed theater was called The Granada when it opened its doors on June 14, 1927. A handful of local investors, lead by city councilman and key Camas “founding father” C.E. Farrell, raised the nearly inconceivable amount of money it took in those days to build an 800-seat theater with a Spanish flair and an art deco entryway: $75,000.DreamlandThat sum seems laughable now, but 90 years ago the results sure did impress The Camas Post-Record, which four days before the theater’s opening previewed the place as “a dreamland of beauty” and declared: “The new structure has placed Camas in the foreground of many more pretentious cities in the theatrical world.”last_img read more