State Theatre

706 C Avenue,
Central City, NE 68826

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State Theatre, 2009

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Opened in 1916 as the Ellen Martha Auditorium and named after the daughter of Colonel William Shelton. The Ellen Martha presented live performances and vaudeville. The theatre was later renamed the State Theatre and switched to motion pictures. The main floor has been updated with new seating but the balcony is pretty much the original, (the stairs, balcony rails, and seats). The State now has two screens showing first run attractions at reasonable prices. The State has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988 #88000944.

Contributed by Chuck

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 30, 2006 at 6:56 am

Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1988

Ellen, Martha, Auditorium ** (added 1988 – Building – #88000944)
Also known as State Theatre;NeHBS #MKO2-8;OHBIN #02-07-04
706 C Ave., Central City
Historic Significance: Event
Area of Significance: Performing Arts, Social History, Entertainment/Recreation
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture, Social
Historic Sub-function: Meeting Hall, Music Facility, Specialty Store, Theater
Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Vacant/Not In Use
Current Sub-function: Specialty Store

The address should be Avenue and not street.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 4, 2007 at 12:47 pm

This is a photo of the State Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 17, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Here is a September 2008 photo.

Robert Allen
Robert Allen on November 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Boy! I hope they have painted that building.

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