Trail Theatre

Main Street and 9th Street,
Bridgeport, NE 69336

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Trail Theatre

My father owned and operated the Trail Theatre until the early-1970’s. It was originally equipped with an orchestra pit and facilities for live shows when built in 1927. My father upgraded it for CinemaScope in the mid-1950’s. Projectors were Simplex XL’s, sound was Altec.

The theatre was decorated with western murals which, sadly, perished during the demolition.

It had four large beautiful oak and brass entrance doors and a marquee featuring a western scout.

Contributed by John Schmidt

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Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on March 24, 2017 at 1:59 am

Gibraltar Enterprises Inc. should be added as a previous operator

MichaelKilgore on February 9, 2020 at 10:52 pm

Boxoffice, April 15, 1963: The Trail Theatre … suffered $3,000 in marquee damage when a truck ran into and completely demolished the triangular portion of the marquee."

Boxoffice, Aug. 8, 1966: “Dorrance Schmidt has permanently closed the Trail Theatre, Bridgeport, Neb.”

50sSNIPES on November 7, 2020 at 3:41 am

Prior To The Trail Theatre’s Grand Opening In Late 1927, There Is The Lyric Theatre And The Miller’s Opera House (Also In Bridgeport) Which Both Will Have Its Own Pages Soon, Possibility Tomorrow.

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