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“A Working Theatre Organ!!”
Review of Elsinore Theatre

Elsinore Theatre
Ranked #13 of 90 things to do in Salem
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

The theater is nicely restored and worth a visit for a movie or stage performance, but try to get there when the staff or a visiting artist demonstrates the organ. It seems that each year we lose a great theater organ somewhere to demolition, sale to a private enthusiast, or neglect. For kids who have not experienced a silent film with theatre organ accompaniment, it can be a very exciting and memorable experience.

Thank GeorgePortland_OR
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

The lobby is beautiful, warm and almost palatial. The ushers and other staff are especially pleasant and helpful. The theater makes great accommodations for the physicially disabled. There does not seem to be a bad seat in the house. There are a number of nice restaurants close by although parking is somewhat limited, especially if walking is a problem or being all dressed up and having to walk in the rain.

Thank Dianne L
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

We take in about 4 to 6 shows a year at the Historic Elsinore; a Christmas concert presented by 2 local churches has become an annual tradition. My wife went to a Pink Martini concert there last night and raved about the show. (It was to be a Valentine outing but I got hammered by the flu bug, so she took a friend with my ticket). The theater is a grand example of the days of ornate entertainment palaces, complete with balcony, plush draperies and gilt-covered pillars. Beautifully restored over the past several years, it's a trip to the past. Even the seats seem to be made for an audience from the early 20th century (not quite as comfortable for today's larger bodies??). We always enjoy a night out at the Elsinore, and there are half a dozen good restaurants within a block or two for an early pre-concert meal. Dinner after a show may be more problematic -- Salem is not a real late-night dining mecca!

Thank OregonJohn97338
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

Very comfortable, small theatre that offers great shows. I've enjoyed various shows here including the Nutcracker. Parking can be difficult to find. Interesting and yummy cafes nearby to enjoy a bite before or after the show.

Thank Carla A
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

We come to the Elsinore several times a year for movies, shows and music. This is an incredible venue. It seats up to 1200, if the mezzanine and balcony are opened up. Even full, it feels like a cozy place where you can feel part of the performance. Even the upper seats in the balcony make you feel part of the show. The rise is steep, though, so you better be fit to go up there. Several years ago members of the community came together to restore this unique place. It was built in 1926, and has been restored to its original splendor. They don't make them like this anymore. I have especially enjoyed when they show old movies on the big screen. You can feel what it was like back in the day when watching a movie or newsreel was the big event of the week. For music and dance, the stage opens up many doors for the imagination. It is a full stage for theatrical performance with all the drops and screens. The special treat is the Wurlitzer theater organ. There are all the pipes and the additional sound effects attached to this organ. Rick Parks puts on quite a show of all the capabilities of this instrument during silent movie nights. Come to an event. Be transported.

Thank pkrissel
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