Galaxy Showcase Theatre
412 8th Street,
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Located at the intersection of 8th Street and Locust Street. The Empress Theatre was opened on September 14, 1913. On March 5, 1921 it was renamed Pantages Theatre, playing movies only. On October 16, 1921 it became the Sherman Theatre presenting vaudeville. On August 27, 1922 in was renamed Orpheum Theatre, presenting Orpheum vaudeville. On August 29, 1931 it became the RKO Orpheum Theatre with Barbara Stanwyck in “The Miracle” showing on the screen plus a stage show. It was remodeled in 1936. RKO closed the theatre on September 26, 1965 with James Stewart in “Shenandoah”.
On October 8, 1965 it was taken over by the Dubinsky Brothers and reopened as the Galaxy Showcase Theatre with Sophia Loren in “The Great Spy Mission”. It was closed on April 24, 1977 with “Squirm” & “Food For the Gods”. It was demolished in August 1977 and the site became a parking lot.
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