Muse Theater

2405 Farnam Street,
Omaha, NE 68131

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Muse Theater

The Muse Theater was opened April 15, 1916 with Kathlyn Williams in “The Ne'er-Do-Well”. I found the former Muse Theater on a theater organ list. An Estey organ was installed in the Muse Theater in 1919. The Muse Theater was closed in 1984, ending its days as an adult porn cinema. Following damage from a fire it was demolished in October 1999.

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jukingeo on July 7, 2006 at 7:13 pm

It would be curious to see an earlier picture of this theatre. It could be just the picture that LOST MEMORY provided showing the theatre in it’s waning stages, but the facade on this one is hideous painted all black like that. Pretty scary looking. I wonder if the inside was just as ‘scary’ looking. Usually once these classic theatres become ‘adult’ houses, they are irrepairably destroyed. There is another hideous one that still stands in Worchester, MA…the Paris, also destroyed by becoming an adult house. I believe it will suffer the same fate as the Muse.


beardbear31 on May 10, 2008 at 11:04 pm

I believe it was painted black for a “Haunted Theater” thing they had there on halloween right before it was gutted by arson and then torn down

beardbear31 on July 29, 2009 at 9:25 pm

the previous link is a 1985 photo, not 1967

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 17, 2010 at 6:03 pm

The Muse was a grind house featuring exploitation movies by the mid-1960s, when it achieved its moment of glory (such as it was) by hosting the world premier of Cambist Films' release “Rent-A-Girl” on October 15, 1965. The upcoming event was duly noted in Boxoffice of October 11, lest any Omaha area subscriber miss out.

For anyone unfamiliar with Cambist Films, the Grindhouse Cinema Database provides this page about the company and a few of its lurid releases.

histrebuff on September 15, 2013 at 11:54 am

I remember on the west side of the Muse was Christian Noble Furs, which is now located in Regency Fashion Court. I was old enough to go to the Muse when it was open, but never did. People said so many negative comments since it was an adult theater. Though, I did work with someone who did janitorial work when the theater was closed. He said it was always a mess, especially the floor in the screen area. He didn’t go into much detail on what he meant and I don’t think he wanted to explain much further.

Texas2step on December 5, 2017 at 4:45 pm

This one opened on April 15, 1916.

ggerke on January 26, 2022 at 8:28 pm

Here’s a deep dive in to the history of the Muse…

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