As if Tin Pan Alley wasn’t cool enough already, it will soon be home an art house theater.
Tin Pan Theater is tentatively aiming to open by first Friday in March and will feature a 30-seat theater, beer and wine, and food from local restaurants, said one of the owners of the new theater.
“We really wanted to create something in Bend that was a small cultural hub,” said Esme LaVoy, who is opening the business with her partner, Micah LaVoy.
Micah LaVoy is the former owner of Sparrow Bakery, which he sold to a new owner about one year ago, said Esme LaVoy. The two plan to show independent films and documentaries. They’ll also open the theater, which is in the former location of The Top Leaf Mate Bar, to musicians, authors and for community events.
“We want to be able to have things that don’t (typically) come to Bend,” said Esme LaVoy.
The theater is a good thing for downtown and isn’t likely to compete with other venues in the area, said Chuck Arnold, executive director of The Downtown Bend Business Association.
“It's a different type of option,” he said. “We certainly have the Tower and McMenamins, but this is a different approach.”
Tickets to movies at the theater are expected to cost $5 to $6, said Esme LaVoy. Check out Tin Pan Theater’s facebook page for more information.