Farnam Theatre

1415-17 Farnam Street,
Omaha, NE 68102

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Functions: Restaurant

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1928 photo credit  Nathaniel L. Dewell, courtesy of the Nebraska State Historical Society.

The Farnam Theatre was a nickelodeon that operated on the ground floor of the Goodrich Building during part of the 1910’s. In 1916 a Wurlitzer organ was installed. The improvement must not have brought prosperity to the house, as in 1917 the owner twice made unsuccessful arson attempts on the theatre. The building is now about 140 years old and has been officially declared a Landmark of the City of Omaha. The former theatre space is now occupied by a restaurant.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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dallasmovietheaters on January 10, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Architected by Harry Lawrie of Mendelssohn, Fisher and Lawrie

DavidZornig on November 11, 2016 at 7:34 pm

1928 photo added, photo credit Nathaniel L. Dewell, courtesy of the Nebraska State Historical Society. Copy courtesy of Charles Martens.

The buildings housing the G. & W. Sandwich Shop, Metro Cafe and Cole Theatre Supply Company, 15th & Farnam Streets, Omaha, 1928. Nathaniel L. Dewell, photographer. Notice that the Paxton Hotel is just beginning construction! The building with the arched window is known today as the Kraft building; there is a restaurant on the main level, apartments above and a photography studio. The Farnam Theater was on the upper levels in 1917.

Also the building and neighboring building’s full history in the below link.


DavidZornig on June 21, 2020 at 4:22 pm

Now & then fade credit Steve Raglin.


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