Nestled in the beautiful coastal community of Cannon Beach, Oregon, Coaster Theatre Playhouse has brought the world to locals and visitors alike through the magic of live theatre. From 19th century Siam in The King and I to a townhouse on Beekman Place in Auntie Mame, from a little Russian village in Fiddler on the Roofto a 1930s hotel suite in Lend Me a Tenor, Coaster Theatre has presented scores of plays and musicals performed by hundreds of actors for thousands of appreciative patrons.
From its early beginnings as the Coaster Roller Rink in the 1920s, this historic site operated as a skating rink through the 1950s and was used to show silent movies to the locals once each week. In 1972, the building was purchased by Maurie Clark, a Portland patron of the arts. Under his direction, a major remodel was undertaken, resulting in the building theatre patrons see today. Portland State University Summer Stock Company became regular performers each year and other groups regularly presented concerts and performances throughout the season. Upon Maurie’s death in 2001, Coaster Theatre Playhouse became a non-profit organization.
The Coaster Theatre Playhouse has entertained thousands of visitors and locals of Cannon Beach and Oregon’s North Coast.
Maurie Clark opened the Coaster Theatre in 1972. He supported it with his time, talent and financial resources. Upon his death in 2001, the Coaster Theatre became a not-for-profit theatre. Each year the Coaster Theatre produces 5 plays and 2 musicals as well as inspiring young actors with our Coaster Kidz spring, summer and winter camps.
With the support of our wonderful volunteers, sponsors, donors and patrons we will continue to offer quality community theatre in the heart of Cannon Beach.
The Coaster Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the
cultural, artistic and civic vitality of Cannon Beach by continuing the tradition
of producing quality community theatre and memorable experiences for
residents and visitors of all ages.
The Coaster Theatre serves as a regional resource and as the center for
community activities for residents and guests to the Northern Oregon Coast. The theatre is committed to community values, quality entertainment and the fine art of good theatre.