Egyptian Theatre

1707 Broadway,
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

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Egyptian Theatre...Scottsbluff Nebraska

The Egyptian Theatre was opened in October 1927. It was destroyed by fire March 5, 1945.

In 1946 a new theatre named the Midwest Theatre was built, and opened on the site on April 24, 1946.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak on December 9, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Here is a blog page, with pictures, about the fire.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 5, 2016 at 9:30 pm

This article about the Scottsbluff area’s theater history, from the Scottsbluff Star-Herald of January 3, 2016, notes that the Egyptian Theatre opened in October, 1927.

An accompanying photo shows a remnant of the Egyptian’s decoration that still exists on an interior wall of the Midwest Theatre, so at least part of the original building must have survived the March 5, 1945, fire to be incorporated into the new theater.

MichaelKilgore on September 22, 2020 at 6:38 am

CSWalczak’s link was acting odd for me, so here’s the Internet Archive backup version.

For a couple more details, here’s the story in the March 17, 1945 issue of Boxoffice:

Fire did $175,000 damage to the Egyptian Theatre, Scottsbluff, Neb., practically destroying the building, the only things saved being the booth and the front of the house. The theatre, owned by W. H. Ostenberg and operated as a unit of Gibralter Enterprises, will be rebuilt as soon as possible. No film was burned. The house had 1,016 seats.

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