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Niobrara Theatre

Photo from the Library of Congress collection
Elm St
Niobrara NE

Record #12766  
 Opened: 1930
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 240 seats
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Kosters

According to an article from the Niobrara Tribune, the theater opened on July 3, 1930, with "the most modern" cooling system, "sufficient slope to make vision easy," and "the most modern" "porous" screen, "which assures the best possible production of sound." Simplex projectors and Best-Tone sound system were installed in the booth, "having an exclusive synchronating device which is rare and new and keeps the picture and the voice identical and correct." Carl Schwarz, of Bloomfield, was listed as the projectionist, and the equipment was installed by Roy Chansky of Sound Service System of Omaha.

In 1938, Joseph Liska acquired the theater and changed the name from Koster's Theatre to the Niobrara Theatre and showed films year round on the weekends and later adding Wednesday showings. Admission was maintained at 35 cents for adults and 10 cents for children until the 1960s.

A larger screen was installed in the late 1950s to accommodate Cinemascope films. A stairwell exit below the screen was constructed at this time, as the new screen blocked the original rear exits.


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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 1/15/2014.

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