State Theatre reopens as second-run movie house

posted by Michael Zoldessy on April 9, 2007 at 4:45 am

LINCOLN, NE — Providing more of a dinner theatre experience, the State Theatre is being renovated so it can be re-opened as a second-run movie house.

When David McNeil moved from his hometown of Portland, Ore., to the San Francisco area a few years ago, he was surprised not to find second-run “theater pubs” like those that were so successful in Portland.

One of the first theaters they came across was the vacant State Theater in downtown Lincoln.

McNeil said getting the building in working order, repairing the signs and marquee, and installing seating and theater equipment will be the main work done before opening.

For more, go to the Lincoln Journal Star.

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scottfavareille on April 9, 2007 at 8:41 am

There are no “theater pubs” in San Francisco, but in the East Bay there are two. (both under same ownership) In Oakland, there’s the Parkway, which is celebrating its 10th year as “picture pub pizza”. And several months ago, the Cerrito theater reopened with the same set-up. Besides 2nd run pictures for $6, they also have monthly “cult film” showings and occasional revival fare (especially the Cerrito on the weekends). For the same price as a “small” popcorn, a medium soda, & a pack of candy at one of the overpriced “crapoplexes”, I can get a slice of (good) pepperoni pizza, a bowl of popcorn (more & fresher popcorn to boot) & a pint of microbrewery beer at the Cerrito. (not to mention better projection!)

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