Civic Theatre

239 N. Main Street,
Hay Springs, NE 69347

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Civic Theatre

The Star Theatre was opened by 1926 when it was listed with 200 seats. By 1931 it was listed with 450 seats. In November 1947 it was renamed Civic Theatre with 320 seats. Still open in 1957 (listed as the Star Theatre again), it was closed on May 30, 1966.

This long-abandoned theatre survived long enough to get a formstone front. Old blade sign has been foolishly slathered with white paint, but the last letter of the name still shows as a ‘C’. Obviously a pretty old building, perhaps an old opera house, the back is covered with tin sheeting mean’t to look like stone.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

DavidZornig on October 3, 2018 at 11:35 am

Harry E. Christiansen was the Civic Theatre projectionist, according to his 2011 obituary below.

MichaelKilgore on August 1, 2019 at 6:20 am

This note in the May 30, 1966 issue of BoxOffice may have marked the end: “Eldon Eaton is closing the Civic Theatre, Hay Springs, Neb., and will be moving to Huron, S. D.”

MichaelKilgore on November 18, 2019 at 6:19 pm

Motion Picture Herald, Nov. 15, 1947: “Esmond Hardin changes name of Star, Hay Springs, Neb., to Civic.”

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