2011 Festival Venues
Location Location Location. Special thanks to the following venues for hosting all the great events for this year’s festival. These fine venues should be recognized as supporters of the festival, arts & cultural — and generally cool things happening in our valley. We appreciate their support.
Granada 3 Theatre
1311 Adams Avenue
In 1927 La Grande Theatres was founded by Francis A Greulich who, in 1928, acquired The Granada Theatre. The historic theater went through a major renovation in 1952, and shortly thereafter the La Grande Drive-In was purchased. In ’72 The Granada evolved into a 2-screen venue and, in 1994, was split once again. The now 3-screen mulitplex in historic downtown La Grande is equipped with all new digital Christie projectors, new Dolby 750 Surround Sound and Dolby 3D. All film projection equipment was replaced.
This long-time community asset served EOFF in 2010 and once again will be the center point for independent film in Eastern Oregon.
Mt. Emily Ale House
1202 Adams Avenue
OPENING NIGHT AFTER PARTY 10/20 : DOOR @ 9:00 / $5 – (Free with Festival Pass)
The building at 1202 Adams Avenue was built in 1900 and originally housed the U.S. National Bank. The original vault is even still intact in the basement! Since then, the building has housed two jewelry stores, a clothing store, and a lending corporation. The building was remodeled in 2008 and converted into a brewpub. The opening of Mt. Emily Ale House in February 2009 was the culmination of years of dreaming and months of planning. Jerry Grant has been home brewing since 1992 and graduated from the UC Davis Master Brewers Program in 2007.
The Ale House has seen the like of many NW musicians and will serve as a great venue for Thursday’s Opening Night After Party featuring Boise’s Hillfolk Noir and Pendleton’s James Dean Kindle & The Eastern Oregon Playboys.
Benchwarmers Pub & Grill
210 Depot Street
AFTER PARTY 10/21 : DOOR @ 9:00 / $5 – (Free with Festival Pass)
Benchwarmers is the second longest running bar in the Pacific Northwest and is a great place for food, drinks and a good time with friends. Currently looking to add it to La Grande’s historical landmarks to blend in with La Grande, Oregon’s Main Street Vision.
Generally catering to the sports crowd of La Grande and Eastern Oregon University, Benchwarmer’s Pub & Grill has been known to kick back some great music shows — an annual New Year’s Eve party with The Wasteland Kings and has hosted many other great music events – including last year’s EOFF After Party (as pictured below.)
Ten Depot Street10 Depot Street
CLOSING NIGHT AFTER PARTY 10/22 : DOOR @ 9:30 / $5 – (Free with Festival Pass)
There has always been a restaurant at 10 Depot Street in La Grande, since the building was built as the ‘Oregon Hotel’ in 1908. Originally paired with a music studio and a cleaning and pressing shop, the then ‘New Home Restaurant’ only occupied a third of what the venue is now.
The nationally famous photographer, Minor White had a studio in the building and was known to comment on the “house of ill-repute” upstairs. The upstairs was a hotel until the VFW purchased the building in 1948 and began meeting there.
Ten Depot went through a few different restaurants before current owner, Sandy Sorrels, opened up “Ten Depot Street” (named after the address) – and remodeled it to reflect it’s original style. Ten Depot Street is the oldest music venue in La Grande – and some might say, the best we have.
Cold Coffee Media / EOFF HQ
209 Depot Street
Cold Coffee Media is a website development & creative marketing firm based out of La Grande, Oregon. We are a collective dedicated to blending technology with creativity, mechanics with organics. The team consists of web developers, writers, musicians, filmmakers, photographers and designers.
“The Grande Ronde Valley has a lot to do with what we do and who we are. We love it and are inspired by it. Some might see a rural area like this and think it’s behind the times. What we see is a melting pot of good people and great businesses, set to a beautiful backdrop.”
La Grande, Oregon
Nestled among the Blue Mountains and the Eagle Cap Wilderness, La Grande, Oregon is located in the center of the largest fully-enclosed valley in North America. The town itself is approximately 13,000 people and is a nationally accredited Tree Town. Sweet.
Eastern Oregon University, along with the numerous boutiques, art galleries, coffee shops, living room jam sessions, bike trails, bodies of running water, dive bars, drifters, and train cars, help to define the cultural landscape.
It’s pretty nice here.
La Grande Resources and Information:
Check out www.lagrandelife.com