The Orange Tribune
Orange Community Historical Society
Remembering the Orange Theatre
Son Light Christian Center
The Orange Theatre was the entertainment center of Orange for more than
two decades after it's opening on May 22, 1929.
Those years will be reviewed during the September 26, 2002 meeting of the
Orange Community Historical Society to be held in the historic building
now occupied by the Son Light Christian Center at 172 North Glassell
Of special interest to Society President Barbara Muench Resnick, the
building was completed by her grandfather, Michael Eltiste, who for many
years owned the M. Eltiste Company, an International Harvester dealership,
which was located across the street from the theatre.
The opening night ceremonies included a welcome by State Senator N.T.
Edwards, followed by a "talkie" - the movie "Mollie and
Me" starring Joe E. Brown and
Belle Bennett. Admission price was 10 cents for children, 35 cents for
adults and loge seats were available for 50 cents.
Subsequent movies featured Jack Holt and Dorothy Revier in the
"Donovan Affair" and Mary Pickford in "Coquette."
A tour of the building is planned for 7:00 p.m., followed by a building
history presentation and round table discussion by early patrons of the
Parking is available in the rear of the building. The public is invited.