Oregon Film Museum Details Expansion Project in Astoria

Last week The Astorian reported on OFM’s new look and expanded size and mission.

The Clatsop County Historical Society has detailed plans to expand the Oregon Film Museum, an estimated $10.1 million project that would involve the construction of a new, two-story, 13,000-square-foot building.

The addition is proposed at Seventh and Duane streets on the site of the former Morris Glass building, a property the historical society acquired several years ago.

Plans for the new building include a 50-seat theater, a projection room, classroom space, an expanded gift shop and several new exhibits.

Since opening in 2010, the film museum has seen a continued increase in visitors. The location at the old Clatsop County Jail, which is approximately 800 square feet, saw more than 52,000 visitors last year.

“We’ve clearly outgrown and surpassed our capacity,” McAndrew Burns, the executive director of the historical society, told the Astoria City Council at a work session Monday. “We also are not able in such a small space to fulfill our educational mission.”

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