Nebraska Theatre

1320 Douglas Street,
Omaha, NE 68102

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Previous Names: Palm Theatre, Magic Theatre

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Nebraska Theatre

The Palm Theatre was opened by 1908. In 1914 it was renamed Magic Theatre. By 1926 it was listed as the Palm Theatre again. In 1927 it was listed as the Magic Theatre with 400 seats. The Magic Theatre was still a silent movie theatre in 1931. It had been equipped with sound by 1932. By 1935 the seating capacity had been reduced to 350. It was not listed in 1936, but was back again in 1937, but with no seating capacity given. Gone from listings again in 1938, but it had reopened as the Nebraska Theatre on October 17, 1938.

According to a 1938 photograph from the Library of Congress, the Nebraska Theatre was a ground floor cinema located on Douglas Street. Admission tickets were 10c and 15c. The Nebraska Theatre was listed as (Closed) in the 1941 & 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook. It is not listed in 1950, so possibly never reopened.

Contributed by Jeff Chapman

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MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on March 25, 2021 at 1:55 pm

Motion Picture Daily, Oct. 11, 1938: “Omaha, Oct. 10. — Lester Dollison, former Texas independent circuit operator, will open the 350-seat Nebraska here shortly. He remodeled M. Sigal’s Time Theatre, dark for over a year.”

Film Daily, Oct. 17, 1938: “Omaha — The Nebraska Theater, located in the city’s downtown business sector, reopens today. Lester Dollison, former Kermit, Tex., exhib., will operate with duals at 5-10-15 cents.

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