1621 Harney Street,
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Named for James E. Boyd, mayor of Omaha 1881-1883 and governor of Nebraska (1891/1892-1893), the Boyd Theatre originally opened at the northeast corner of 15th Street and Farnam Street on October 12, 1881, but burned ten years later.
It was rebuilt immediately at the southeast corner of 17th Street and Harney Street, opening on September 3, 1891. In 1914 the Boyd Theatre was sold to the Burgess-Nash Co. who closed it on January 31, 1920 and razed it to build an annex to its department store. (See Lucille Barbe’s “A History of the Boyd Opera House in Omaha, Nebraska [University of Omaha, 1963, p. 166], Steve Millburg’s "Culture and the Fine Arts Got Early Start in Omaha” [Omaha World-Herald, August 18, 1985]; Jeffrey Spencer’s “Building for the Ages: Omaha’s Architectural Landmarks.” [Landmarks, Inc., 2003, p. 20.])
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