Elkhorn Valley Community Theater
101 E. Gardiner Street,
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Elkhorn Community Theatre (Official)
Architects: Henry A. Raapke
Functions: Live Theatre
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Gem Theater, Valley Theater
The Gem Theater was originally built in the early-1900’s. It burnt to the ground and was rebuilt in 1948 to the plans of architect Henry A. Raapke, reopening as the 420-seat Valley Theater. It has been closed since the late-1960’s.
It has the original interior with neon colors of yellow, green, orange and black. The seats look new. The screen and projector have been removed.
We have done a mini renovation to the lobby area keeping in theme with the décor. We will need to make the restrooms handicapped accessible.
I am needing some advise about what to do for a screen to show movies. Should I try to search out used equipment or go with newer type technology?
We are hoping to open it with possibly documentary films and family films. Our town is about 3,000 but have a larger city near by that may find it nostalgic to come to a small town to an old movie theater.
I am also needing advice about who to contact about finding and showing these movies. Are there fees to be paid? Rental cost or is purchasing available.
This is our first venture in the movie business. The theater has been vacant for thirty years, used only one or twice a year for school plays. I’ve been approached to buy it and I am very interested, but need these questions answered to help me make my decision.
Thank you for any help you can give me.
Valley, Nebraska 68064
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