Fort Theatre

2205 Central Avenue,
Kearney, NE 68847

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The Fort Theatre in downtown Kearney, Nebraska opened September 21, 1914 as the Empress Theatre. The main floor and the balcony seated 654. Depending on the seats admission was 5 cents, 10 cents or 15 cents for loge seats.

The name was changed to the Fort Theatre sometime in 1941 when ownership changed hands and some alterations were made to the plans of architect Edward J. Sessinghaus. Seating was reduced to 450 with the addition of double-wide love seats at the ends of every other row. These seats allowed two people to sit together, plus they offset each row so that you were never looking into the back of someone’s head.

The Fort Theatre ceased operation in September of 1993. The building is now home to Fort Theatre Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentists.

Contributed by TomScott

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 12, 2005 at 7:30 am

This website has some old photos and history of the Empress/Fort Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 15, 2006 at 4:51 pm

Here is a photo of the former Fort Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 16, 2007 at 4:33 pm

This is a more recent photo of the former Fort Theater building.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 27, 2007 at 7:53 pm

Here is a nice photo of the Fort Dentistry building with the marquee lit.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2007 at 8:59 pm

A Kilgen theater organ opus 3689 size 2/4 style U09 was installed in the Empress Theater in 1926.

DonLewis on August 24, 2010 at 9:48 pm

From 2010 a photo of the Fort Theatre building and an additional view in Kearney.

drivein2001 on February 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm

A Photo I took back in Nov of 2007..
View link ..
RAC Photography

Tinseltoes on June 25, 2012 at 10:37 am

The Fort Theatre was spotlighted in this 1940 trade article: boxofficemagazine

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