Colfax Theatre

314 E. 11th Street,
Schuyler, NE 68661

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Colfax Theatre

Located on E. 11th Street at B Street. The Favorite Theatre was opened around 1912. Around 1929 it was equipped for sound and renamed Strand Theatre. In 1940 it was renamed Colfax Theatre.

The theatre was closed for some time and was reopened in 2006. The theatre shows first run movies on Friday, Saturday & Sunday and is operated almost entirely with volunteer help.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 25, 2009 at 9:33 pm

This house was known as the Strand Theatre until 1940. The August 24, 1940, issue of Boxoffice said that Harold Bowers and Carl Mansfield had taken over the Strand at Schuyler and would remodel it. The November 2 issue of Boxoffice said: “Harold Bowers has opened his Colfax at Schuyler, Neb., and the theatre will be operated by his father-in-law, Carl Mansfield.”

The September 11, 1937, issue of Boxoffice said that Joe Swoboda’s Avalon Theatre Corp.,operators of the Avalon and Strand theaters in Schuyler, had taken over another Strand Theatre at Pierce, Nebraska.

Schuyler had a Favorite Theatre in 1926 (The Reel Journal, September 18, 1926,) and Dome Theatre in 1930 (Boxoffice “Twenty years ago” feature on June 17, 1950.) These might have been aka’s for the Avalon and/or Strand/Colfax.

An E.G. Gannon took over the Avalon Theatre in 1945, and apparently operated it until he built the Sky Theatre in 1948 or 1949. Carl Mansfield was still operating the Colfax into the late 1950s, per various issues of Boxoffice.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 25, 2009 at 11:34 pm

A correction to my previous comment: The February 14, 1954, issue of Boxoffice said that Reggie Gannon, son of the late E.G. Gannon, had bought the Colfax Theatre with the intention of closing it. The Colfax is only mentioned retrospectively in Boxoffice after that. Reggie Gannon continued to operate the Sky Theatre until 1962, when he moved to Arizona.

dallasmovietheaters on November 17, 2019 at 5:39 am

Looks like it opened as the Favorite Theatre around 1912, transitioned to sound as the Strand which closed with “Gone With the Wind” on April 27, 1940 to undergo a refresh. All seats were sold and it became the Colfax Theatre under new operator, Harold Bowers on October 24, 1940 with “My Love Came Back.”

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