Oto Theater

1719 1st Avenue,
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

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Oto Theater

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Originally built in 1926 as a ballroom, it was later converted into the Oto Theater. The Oto Theater was operating prior to 1939, and closed in 1957. It featured Spanish language movies.

Contributed by Billy Smith / Billy Holcomb / Don Lewis

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 7, 2010 at 11:50 pm

The Biggers Drive-in in Scottsbuff was owned by Floyd Bigger.Wonder if he owned the Otoe Theatre?

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on December 24, 2010 at 12:52 am

From 2010 a photo of the Otoe Theater building in Scottsbluff.

Chris1982 on November 5, 2014 at 8:26 am

I found a listing or the Otoe Theatre in 1939 with 300 seats. It was listed as closed in 1957. The building now houses a Knights of Columbus Hall.

Chris1982 on November 5, 2014 at 8:27 am

Address: 1719 First Avenue, Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 6, 2016 at 6:05 am

The correct spelling of this theater’s name is Oto. It was named for the Native American tribe who once inhabited the region.

According to this article about the area’s theater history from the January 3, 2016, issue of the Scottsbluff Star-Herald, the building was erected in 1926 as a ballroom called Danceland, and was later converted into a theater.

An article in the January 14, 1962, issue of The Lincoln Star reported that the Midwest Amusement Company had recently sold the Midwest, Bluffs, and Oto Theatres in Scotsbluff to the Commonwealth Amusement Company of Kansas City. The Grove Theatre in nearby Gering was also sold.

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