Pioneer 3 Theatre

110 S. 11th Street,
Nebraska City, NE 68410

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Stadium style theatre built in 1949.

Contributed by William Barstow

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ksup34 on December 1, 2004 at 9:19 am

Here’s a picture of the Pioneer. (middle of the page)

kencmcintyre on January 20, 2007 at 2:29 pm

Here is an article about the opening of the theater dated 2/10/49:

The formal opening of the new Pioneer Theater at Nebraska City, Neb., which was attended by Mr. and Mrs. John Newcomer and Mr. and Mrs. John Irvin of Chillicothe, was a matter of definite interest to the Chillicotheans as the construction of the Pioneer is very similar to that of the new theater under construction here. They were quite impressed. Both the Griffith theaters are of the “stadium type,” which does away with the need for a balcony. About half way back in the auditorium a “ramping” effect of the rows of seats begins. Under the back section is a sunken lounge, with a foyer in front of the lounge and the lobby in front of that.

Murals done in “black lighting” gave an outstanding effect to the auditorium, Irvin found. The local murals will be 14x30 feet on either side and are to depict a local or area scene or one in keeping with the name of the theater. The Nebraska City theater seats about 900 persons. The Chillicothe theater is to seat about 1,050. “If our theater is as nice as that one it will be one of the outstanding theaters in all North Missouri,” Contractor Irvin said. Some refinements in the local plans may be made, based on what was learned in constructing the Nebraska house. Irvin said he hoped to outdo the work in Nebraska.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 18, 2008 at 1:57 pm

This is a photo of the Pioneer Theater.

DonLewis on November 17, 2008 at 4:20 am

A 1983 view of the Pioneer Theatre in Nebraska City.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 17, 2008 at 5:54 am

Don….That is another link that doesn’t work for me. It is asking me for a password to view the photo. Am I the only one having this problem?

DonLewis on November 17, 2008 at 12:17 pm

It is even aking me for a password!? Try taking a look at the Nebraska City Pioneer Theatre here.


Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 17, 2008 at 12:24 pm

That link works Don. Thanks.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 8, 2009 at 1:19 pm

The Boller Brothers architectural records list Robert O. Boller and Dietz Lusk Jr. as the architects of the Pioneer Theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 26, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Great pictures.Hope it is still running movies.

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