Joyo Theatre

6102 Havelock Avenue,
Lincoln, NE 68507

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 30, 2013 at 3:12 am

There might have been three houses called the Joyo Theatre in this neighborhood. A document pertaining to the establishment of a Historic Preservation District says that the original Joyo Theatre opened around 1912 in a building at 6121 Havelock Avenue. If that’s the case, then the Joyo mentioned in the 1908 Billboard items must have been an even earlier house.

The document says that the Joyo moved into the theater at 6102 Havelock in 1937. Prior to that the house had been called the Lyric Theatre. The document gives the opening of the Lyric as ca. 1928. 1928 is also the year given for the opening of the Lyric in an article by Jim McKee in the Lincoln Journal Star. McKee says that his great uncle, Volney Headrick, built the Lyric Theatre.

I’ve also found a house called the Havelock Theatre, operated by Bob Wintersteen, mentioned in The Film Daily of September 10, 1936. I don’t know if this is yet another theater or an aka for the Lyric. A December 15 Film Daily item says that the Havelock had been bought from Wintersteen by C. Fraser, operator of the Joyo Theatre, so this purchase might have led to the newer house being renamed the Joyo, assuming that it had originally been the Lyric, which does seem likely.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 30, 2013 at 2:03 am

This article from the Daily Nebraskan says that the Joyo Theatre was built in 1926.

It had a predecessor, though, as there was a movie house called the Joyo Theatre operating in Lincoln (or Havelock, as the neighborhood appears to have been independent of Lincoln at one time) as far back as 1908, when it was mentioned in multiple issues of The Billboard and once in Variety. It was also mentioned twice in The Moving Picture World in 1916.

The Joyo Theatre in Havelock was also mentioned in The Film Daily in 1927 and 1935. I’ve also found mentions of houses called the Joyo in Fairfield (1938) and Coleridge (1957), Nebraska, but haven’t found any details about either of them.

Jessi
Jessi on August 19, 2002 at 8:24 pm

i love the Joyo. its a great place to go to see local bands play. Its really fun and a great place to be. i love the Joyo.