Midwest Theater

1707 Broadway,
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

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DavidZornig on October 26, 2018 at 4:24 pm

1952 photo added via Mase Mason.

CSWalczak on December 9, 2012 at 10:36 pm

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.

Patsy on August 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm

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

Patsy on August 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm

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

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

Great pictures Guys.

TLSLOEWS on October 5, 2010 at 10:47 am

Great photos as always Don.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 1, 2009 at 11:43 pm

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.

kencmcintyre on December 15, 2006 at 1:58 pm

Here is an article from Nebraska Life:

JohnLSchmidt on March 6, 2003 at 3:18 pm

I was trilled to learn of the efforts to keep the Midwest afloat. When I was a child growing up in Bridgeport, my father owned the Trail Theatre, now demolished. The Midwest was always the crown jewel of the panhandle theatres. I remember well the days of it’s manager, Bill Boston and the smoky billiard hall in the basement. Great memories of a classic theatre. I always thought it was sad after Ostenberg sold it to Commonwealth. They removed the huge Stong “Mighty 90’s” arc lamps and replaced them with smaller units. They also moved the Box Office from it’s original location. I hope the glass from the original is still around and can be reinstalled.