Overland Theatre

114 S. 6th Street,
Nebraska City, NE 68410

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robboehm on November 22, 2020 at 2:19 pm

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robboehm on November 21, 2020 at 4:13 pm

Despite being considered a “landmark” by locals the Overland fell into disrepair at the end of its life.

robboehm on November 21, 2020 at 11:30 am

According to information in a thesis paper submitted to the University of Nebraska entitled “Where Life is Simple and Passions Moderate”, a history of Nebraska City, Nebraska 1900-1910 by Thomas L. Boeche, an Overland Theatre (presumably this one) was opened at the corner of Sixth Street and First Corso in December 1897 with a production of William Gillette’s “Secret Service”. I have uploaded a reproduction of a building ad for that production.

The Overland was originally used for live productions and had, according to Cahn’s Official Theatrical Guide - 1909-1910, a proscenium 28 feet wide and 22 feet high in a building which had a width of 52 feet. It was well equipped with a bridge, scene room and three traps. Overland Amusement Company was the lessee and Charles Rolfe the Manager. Admission varied depending upon the attraction.

According to the afore-mentioned thesis the first dedicated movie theatre in Nebraska City was opened in 1907 on Central Avenue by Schnitzer and Wallen (admission 5 & 10 cents) and a second, the Fairyland in 1908.

I have also uploaded an ad from the July 12, 1900 Nebraska City “The Conservative” in which the address for the newspaper is listed as the Overland Theatre Block.