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Imperial Theatre (Official)
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Star Theatre
The Imperial Theatre was opened prior to 1925. It was renamed Star Theatre in the late-1930’s. It reverted back to the Imperial Theatre named in the late-1950’s. It is owned and operated by the City of Imperial. The projectionist is the only paid employee, the rest of the staff are volunteers. Movies are played on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The theatre is also available for recitals, and live performances.
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This theatre was open prior to 1925 as the Imperial Theatre. It became the Star Theatre in the late-1930’s and reverted back to the Imperial in the late-1950’s. It should have an AKA Star Theatre. The Imperial has made the transition to digital projection and continues to feature first run attractions on Friday, Saturday and Sundays.
The April 2, 1959, issue of Motion Picture Daily reported that W. Kinder, owner of the Star Theatre in Imperial, Nebraska, had affiliated his house with Allied Rocky Mountain Independent Theatres, Inc.. The move must not have helped business enough, as the Star soon closed. But the October 5, 1960, issue of the same journal reported that the theater had been re-opened under new management:
The March 21, 1960 issue of BoxOffice reported the theater’s (temporary) closure as the Star: “The Star at Imperial, Neb., managed by W. H. ‘Rusty’ Kinder, has been forced to close due to poor business.”
Boxoffice, June 2, 1956: “Paul Milner has bought the Star, Imperial, Neb., from Carlin Smith”