Midwest Theater

1707 Broadway,
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

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Midwest Theater

The Midwest Theater was built in 1946 with 920 seats located in orchestra and balcony levels. There was a 12-table pool hall in the basement below the auditorium.

It is still in relatively good repair with the original art work, some seats and carpeting all still within its walls.

Currently, the theater is owned by the Friends of the Midwest Theater and is operated by its volunteers.

Showing second run movies, the foundation is currently renovating the theater for live performances as well as movies.

In 2002, they received a tourism grant to renovate the very large marquee to all of its original splendor.

Contributed by Marie Erie

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 2, 2009 at 1:43 am

From Boxoffice Magazine, March 30, 1946, datelined Scottsbluff: “William Ostenberg will open his new 920-seat, $200,000 Midwest Theatre here on April 24. The theatre is on the location of the Egyptian, which was destroyed by fire last year.”

The Midwest was also the subject of a three-page article in the June 24, 1946, issue of Boxoffice. The architect of the new house, Charles D. Strong, was a member of the advisory staff of the magazine’s Modern Theatre Planning Institute.

TLSLOEWS on October 5, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Great photos as always Don.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Great pictures Guys.

Patsy on August 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I just learned of this theatre with its restored marquee from personnel at the Aurora Theatre in East Aurora NY (suburb of Buffalo).

Patsy on August 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Was also told that the theatre’s original name was the Oasis.

CSWalczak on December 10, 2012 at 12:36 am

I am wondering, though, if that was the original name of the Egyptian, which stood on the same site until it was destroyed in a 1945 fire. The Boxoffice article cited by Joe Vogel indicates that this theater opened as the Midwest.

DavidZornig on October 26, 2018 at 6:24 pm

1952 photo added via Mase Mason.

DavidZornig on March 29, 2019 at 10:53 am

Fire damaged the marquee. Link won’t share as CT thinks it is spam. But search Scottsbluff Star Herald.

DavidZornig on March 29, 2019 at 10:55 am

Here is the updated official website, to replace the one beside the overview.


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