Created By: Myrtle Creek Historical Society
The building at 126 N. Main was originally the Myrtle Theatre. It was constructed of cast-in-place concrete in 1917 for the Rice Brothers and Adams Company (adjacent to their mercantile business). The building has received several alterations, including replacement of windows, doors and addition of a false front. For many years the Post Office occupied the right bay and the Myrtle Theater occupied the left bay.
The Post Office suffered a significant fire in 1943, The City Meat Market & Bakery and an unknown business in building also burned that day. After that, the Post Office re-located to corner of First Ave and Oak St (in a building shared with 2 other businesses).
Both silent movies and ‘talkies’ were shown in the theater. After the theater closed due to a fire, it eventually re-opened in a brand new building on First Avenue (Rio Theater) next to California-Oregon Power Company on Friday, January 9, 1953.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Historical Sites Downtown Myrtle Creek