Empress Theater

15th Street and Douglas Street,
Omaha, NE 68102

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Empress Theater

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The Empress Theater sat on the lot just west of the World Theater on Douglas Street. It opened in 1912, and burnt to the ground in 1929.

Contributed by Ivan Steinke

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beardbear31
beardbear31 on May 7, 2007 at 4:11 pm

a postcard view of the Empress Theater can be found at View link

cmartens54
cmartens54 on August 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.

mormonpreacher
mormonpreacher on October 18, 2009 at 2:04 pm

The World Theater was not on the same block as the Rialto. The World Theater sat across the street from the Rialto, on the northwest corner of 15th and Douglas. The Rialto was on the northeast corner. The Empress sat in the middle of the block with the World Theater, in part of the space later occupied by Woolworth’s Department Store. The theater next to the Rialto was the Moon (later the Cooper).

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 19, 2010 at 6:46 pm

From the 1920s a postcard view of Douglas Street along the Empress Theater in Omaha.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 3, 2011 at 3:14 am

A history of Omaha published in 1917 says that the Empress Theatre was built in 1912. The Empress was originally owned by the J. L. Brandeis Company.

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