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Bend, OR: Tin Pan Theater Sold to BendFilm

Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2019 11:52 AM

The Tin Pan Theater in Bend, Oregon has been sold to the BendFilm film festival, according to an article published recently:

Primarily known for its film festival each October, BendFilm has bought Tin Pan Theater, a 30-seat movie house at 869 NW Tin Pan Alley in downtown Bend. The nonprofit’s mission is to celebrate independent films and filmmaking.

According to Executive Director Todd Looby, BendFilm bought the name and assets of Tin Pan Theater, including all equipment, accounts, vendors and contacts in a sale finalized Wednesday.

After consulting with the BendFilm board and a business consultant, BendFilm settled on a price of $131,500 with Tin Pan’s founders, Micah and Esme LaVoy.

Tin Pan’s business model dovetails well with BendFilm’s independent film mission, and the sale did not come about by accident.

The LaVoys opened Tin Pan Theater in spring 2012, screening newly released art-house and foreign films. After the September 2013 closure of Regal Cinemas’ Pilot Butte 6, Tin Pan served as the only area theater showing independent films year-round. The LaVoys had been running the theater from Astoria, where they moved three years ago, Micah LaVoy said.

“We had always kind of thrown around the idea of, ‘Hey, we should send this to BendFilm. This would be a perfect fit,’” said Micah Lavoy. “We just knew it needed somebody in the community there.”


Tin Pan will continue to screen new indie fare, while also having BendFilm’s considerable festival library at its disposal.

“We’re hoping that we can continue our signature of putting a short from the festival in front of these new features,” Looby said. “We’ll still continue to showcase the great work of emerging filmmakers that we meet during the festival, and put them next to some of the greats of either foreign cinema or independent stuff. That’s a really cool opportunity.”

BendFilm also plans to add special programming. Ellen Shelton, a BendFilm programmer, will host a four-part series on important world cinema, such as Iranian films. “Food for Thought,” a weekly series of matinee films, will be followed by a meal and further conversation at restaurants such as Joolz.

Click the Read link below to view the full article.

To see what's playing and when, please visit the Showtimes page for the Tin Pan Theater.

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