Central City, NE - State Theatre Reopens After Four Years

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on May 20, 2016 at 8:13 pm


From Nebraska.tv: In what could be a Hollywood manuscript, a community has come together to revive a historic theater that’s been family-run for generations.

Central City moviegoers were eager to see the inaugural showing of “Zootopia” four years after the marquee lights shut off.

The State Theater Foundation formed a year ago and began the process of restoring the nearly 60-year-old landmark. It now has a digital projection system, a new screen, and an updated concession area.

“I’ve been so excited of this first night!” exclaimed long time theater patron Rhonda Schulze. “I was a regular before when the original owners were here and I’ve been missing it. Like I said, there’s nothing like the big screen, popcorn, there’s nothing better than theater popcorn. Yeah, I’m just really excited!”

“It’s a good feeling because I just want people to come in and see it,” said State Theater Foundation’s Kasey Blodgett. “And like I said, it gives them something to do so it’s, I’m excited for tonight. I don’t know how to put it into words.”

The foundation hosted a ribbon cutting on Thursday evening prior to the theater’s opening. Show times will be Fridays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m.

See the news report at: http://www.nebraska.tv/story/31916714/central-citys-state-theater-reopens-after-four-years

Read another account at: http://www.theindependent.com/communities/centralcity/news/central-city-s-state-theater-reopens-to-continue—year/article_1bb19926-1265-11e6-9f70-5b12330948e0.html

Follow the State Theatre on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/State-Theater-Foundation-Inc-199761933825/

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Learn more about historic theatres in the THS American Theatre Architecture Archives and on our website at historictheatres.org



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