Chief Theatre

102 I Street,
Weeping Water, NE 68463

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Additional Info

Functions: Church

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Liberty Theatre

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Chief Theatre

The Liberty Theatre was opened prior to 1926 when it had 300 seats (later reduced to 240). It was renamed Chief Theatre on May 28, 1937 following a Streamline Moderne style makeover. It appears in a 1940 postcard of Weeping Water, NE. The postcard is mislabelled as Main Street 1930’s Ambler. However the street has been independently confirmed as I Street also known as Eldora Avenue in Weeping Water. The movie playing when the photo was taken is “We Who Are Young” on September 6th and 7th, 1940 per a local newspaper at the time.

The Chief Theatre was still open in 1957.

Contributed by Eugene Sheridan Jr

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 23, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Comparing aerial views from 1965 and more recently at Historic Aerials, it is apparent that the Chief Theatre has been converted into the United Methodist Fellowship Hall, at 102 I Street. The old stone building of the original church as seen in the vintage photo is still standing at the corner of I and Elm. A new building, built sometime between 1999 and 2003, connects the old church with the fellowship hall, forming a courtyard on the I Street side of the complex.

dallasmovietheaters on May 22, 2021 at 4:16 am

H.E. Brookings took on the World War I era Liberty Theatre and gave it a streamline makeover and new name relaunching May 28, 1937 as the Chief Theatre

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