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cmartens54 commented about Tivoli Theatre on Apr 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

The building is not open to the public; it is used as a storage facility for a private business.

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cmartens54 commented about Strand Theater on Apr 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm

It was also named the New Morris Theatre at one time after the American Music Hall.

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cmartens54 commented about State Theater on Apr 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm

The State Theater was across from the Paxton Hotel, where the downtown library is now located, on the North side of Farnam between 14th and 15th Streets.

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cmartens54 commented about Orpheum Theater on Apr 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm

You are really confusing people by mixing photos and addresses for two completely different theaters! The Creighton Orpheum Theatre, which you have pictured, was the original theater with an address on South 15th street. It was built as a vaudeville house. The new Orpheum Theatre, a completely different building, was opened on the same block in the 1920s with the entrance on Harney Street. During a later remodel, part of the lobby of the City National Bank Building, which stands next to the theater, was purchased and donated to the city for use as the main entrance on South 16th Street. The rest of the bank lobby has since been purchased and included as part of the theater lobby.

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cmartens54 commented about Broadway Theatre on Aug 17, 2009 at 3:44 pm

The address of the Strand Theatre was 554 West Broadway, so it is listed incorrectly.

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cmartens54 commented about Strand Theater on Aug 8, 2009 at 7:45 am

I’ve been puzzling over the conflicting addresses listed for the Strand Theatre and the Broadway Theatre, as both are listed with odd numbers, which would put them on the south side of Broadway, but I remember the Strand Theatre and it was on the north side of ths street. I verified with a friend who grew up in Council Bluffs and he confirmed that the Broadway was on the south side. Finally, I found the following on a website of The Historical Society of Pottawattamie County: “In 1927, the Dohany Opera House at 554 West Broadway was remodeled into the Strand Theatre. In addition to movies, the Strand was also home to broadcasting studios of radio station KSWI in the late 1940s. The Strand was destroyed by fire in December, 1974.” At last, the mystery is solved! The Strand Theatre address is listed incorrectly!!!

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cmartens54 commented about Broadway Theatre on Aug 7, 2009 at 3:05 pm

The Broadway Theater was on the opposite side of the street from where the Omni now sits. Odd number address are on the south side, even numbered on the north. There is a bank on the property where the Broadway use to be. The Omni was originally knows as the Midlands Four, I believe, as that was the name of the mall.

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cmartens54 commented about Q-Cinema 9 on Aug 6, 2009 at 12:45 pm

In a buy-out of most of the theatres owned by Douglas Theatres by Marcus Theatres in 2008, this theatre was closed and is not allowed to be operated as theaters.

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cmartens54 commented about Lothrop Theatre on Aug 6, 2009 at 12:30 pm

The name of the theatre may have been the Lothrop, not the Lathrop. The intersecting street was Lothrop, and documents that I’ve seen at the downtown Omaha Public Library have it listed as the Lothrop.

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cmartens54 commented about Golden Spike Drive-In on Aug 6, 2009 at 12:26 pm

The location is now home to Miracle Hills Shopping Center, an outdoor mall.

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cmartens54 commented about Empress Theater on Aug 6, 2009 at 12:24 pm

The World Theatre was a block east of this block; it was on the same block as the Rialto. The new Union Pacific Headquarters building occupies that entire block now. The block where the Empress sat is a city-owned parking garage along Douglas Street; First National Bank’s public space with fountains and sculptures are on the north side of the block along Dodge Street and east of the 40 story tower between 16th and 17th and Dodge and Douglas Street.

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cmartens54 commented about Corby Theatre on Aug 6, 2009 at 12:19 pm

The building was not demolished; for years, until recently, it was a salvage bursiness – Norton and Sons. Remnants of the lobby were still in existence as was the stage and the sloping floor. The manager’s office, on the north end of the west (street) side has the original paneling and chandelier.

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cmartens54 commented about Berkeley Theatre on Aug 6, 2009 at 12:02 pm

The building was not demolished; it is used as a storage warehouse for the bumper business located next door to the North. The building was also home to the Maryland Theatre.

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cmartens54 commented about Council Bluffs Drive-In on Aug 6, 2009 at 11:51 am

The location is now a server farm owned by Google.