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State board clears path for Rex Theater to receive federal recognition

The historic Rex Theater could be placed on the National Register of Historic Places after a decision in December by a state committee. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

VALE – A state committee is recommending the Rex Theater move ahead on a path to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Oregon Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation approved with some revisions an application by husband and wife team of Mike McLaughlin and Sandijean Fuson, owners of the 107-year-old Rex Theater to place the facility on the National Register of Historic Places.

The register is a federal program administered by the National Park Service. The program singles out buildings, objects and other sites as worthy of conservation because of their historical significance.

The Drexel Hotel in Vale – also owned by Fusion and McLaughlin . . .