NRHP: Fort Theater

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Fort Theater

Fort Theater

NRHP Reference #: 06000607

NRHP Listing Date: 20060712


2205 Central Avenue, Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska

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Located in Kearney, the Fort Theater was designed by Albert Lake, and constructed by F.G. Keens in 1914. When it opened, Keens named the decorative brick theater the Empress. A fire on January 8, 1940, gutted the Empress, but left the main façade of the building intact. After the fire, the building was sold to George and Don Monroe. Following a complete reconstruction, the renamed Fort Theater opened in late summer of 1940. The Fort Theater continued to operate until the mid-1970s. As a result of its long continuous operation, the Fort Theater is significant for its association with the history of entertainment in Kearney.

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