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Probably the most telling paragraph in the story, as well as in the 2014 comment.
“The city purchased the struggling movie theater for $2.1 million in 2009 with the intent of keeping an entertainment venue at the eastern edge of the city’s downtown. The city continued to operate the movie theater until mid 2012, when it was closed for fire code violations.”
So now instead of spending the money 4 years ago to get it up to their own code (which they should have known when they bought it), they now are taking a million dollar loss.
“It abruptly closed in summer of 2012 after code violations came to light”?
What would have been the costs to get it up to code back then, so it could have at least continued operating and making money the last 4 years?
Or at a minimum made it more attractive to potential investors as an active venue that could remain that way.
Versus a dormant property for tear down.
Sounds like the city really didn’t want it there, and thought they could flip it much faster.
I wonder if they had invested in digital projectors, so it it could have ran first run films.
Rivest266, the Woods article re-posted here.
rivest266, the grand opening ad did not properly load to the photo section.
June 29th, 1964 via the recently added Grand Opening image.
1955 photo added courtesy of Jim Jasiota.
Giant Marilyn Monroe image on the marquee, for “The Seven Year Itch”.
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.
2011 article about the Jerry Lewis Cinema chain.
Omaha Opera House should be added as an AKA name in 1939.
I added an April 28, 1939 photo of the premiere of “Union Pacific” at the then Omaha Opera House to the Photo’s Section.
Photo & copy courtesy of Richard Thies.
1/16/37 photo & copy added courtesy of Charles Martens.
“Opening of the Burlington Bus Depot at the corner of 15th and Douglas Streets. 1-16-1937”
1961 photo as Cooper Cinerama added courtesy of Steve Raglin.
(Full left side of the photo can be seen on the Rialto Theatre page.)
1961 photo of the former Rialto as Tully’s added, courtesy of Steve Raglin.
There is a second photo of Cooper’s Cinerama next door as well.
Maybe some one with photo editing skills can combine the two.
Thank you rivest266 for all your postings.
1957 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.
Late `50’s photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.
1969 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.
1978 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.
1980 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.
1958 photo as the Odeon added , courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.
1963 marquee photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.
1952 photo added, photo credit Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Copy credit Special Collections, UTA Library.
1926 photo added courtesy of the Special Collections, UTA Library.
Photo & copy added:
Interior of the Worth Theater, shortly before it was demolished, 1972. Fort Worth Star-Telegram photo.
(In Photos Section)
1963 photo added courtesy of the Special Collections, UTA Library.