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Cameo Theatre listed in National Register of Historic Places

Nov. 28, 2018

The Cameo Theatre in Yamhill County is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.
Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building’s nomination in their June 2018 meeting. The National Park Service—which maintains the National Register—accepted the nomination Oct. 22.
The Cameo Theatre represents Newberg’s association with the Golden Age of Hollywood and is the city’s first theatre built with a sound system for talking pictures. Since construction in 1937, the theatre has been an important role as a primary form of entertainment in Newberg’s community. The property is also significant for its Art Deco and Streamline Moderne architectural features.
The Golden Age of Hollywood is defined by a shift in theatre construction and design, transitioning from elaborate movie “palaces” situated in large cities to more modest designs applied to talking picture single-screen cinemas in smaller towns and communities. The Cameo Theatre’s Art Deco and Streamline Moderne style is representative of theatre design commonly applied during the Golden Age of Hollywood and the building is the only Art Deco/Streamline Moderne style building in the city of Newberg.
The Cameo Theater is located in downtown Newberg, an Oregon Main Street Network community. Oregon Main Street works with communities to develop comprehensive, incremental revitalization strategies based on a community’s unique assets, character, and heritage.
The Cameo Theatre is one of 85 individually listed historic properties in Yamhill County. The National Register of Historic Places was established as part of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at oregonheritage.org (click on “National Register” at left of page).