After being closed for more than a year, the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will re-open in March with a new operator, a new look and a new business plan.
A lease was signed with Rootstock Capital Management, LLC, on Wednesday. The corporation includes Rand Thornsley, who will be the managing director of the Liberty; Thornsley’s son Adam, an investor in the business; and Paul Rogers, who is a partner in Rogers Cinemas of Wisconsin.
Rand Thornsley said that when the Liberty re-opens, the two-screen facility will show second-run Hollywood movies, as well as international films and documentaries. There will also be film festival style programming including outdoor recreational and environmental film screenings. The cost for a general admission movie ticket at the Liberty will be $3.50.
“On most weeks, you’ll get a choice of at least two movies and sometimes more,” the theater’s new website states. “The Liberty will be showing films off of the national break, meaning that new films will show up at the Liberty three to seven weeks after they are released nationally. This means we don’t have to run the same film for several weeks on end to satisfy studio requirements, and can provide a wider variety of films for you to see.”
Thornsley, who has managed and owned small movie theaters — primarily in Alaska — for the past four decades, said re-opening plans for the Liberty include renovations and upgrade work to the historic building located at 315 N.E. Fourth Ave.