Cooper 70

1410 Douglas Street,
Omaha, NE 68102

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Previously operated by: Cooper Foundation, World Theatre Circuit

Architects: Harry Lawrie

Firms: Mendelssohn, Fisher & Lawrie

Previous Names: Moon Theatre, Town Theatre, Cooper Cinerama

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Moon Theatre, Omaha NB in 1920

The 1,200-seat Moon Theater was located on the east half of the same block where the Rialto Theater sat, at 15th/14th Street’s and Douglas Street. It was opened prior to 1919. By 1926 it was a movie theatre, operated by the World Theatre Circuit. During most of its history as the Moon Theatre this theatre was Omaha’s bastion of bump (burlesque).

It was radically remodelled in the late-1950’s. In its incarnation as the Cooper 70 its architecture was similar to the Indian Hills (now demolished) out on West Dodge Road. The Moon/Cooper Theatre was demolished on December 12, 1975.

Contributed by Ivan Steinke

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

beardbear31 on January 17, 2007 at 6:44 pm

lost memory, yes this was the same theater, although when the Indian Hills was built the Cinerama projectors were moved from the Cooper to there.

kencmcintyre on February 15, 2007 at 4:36 pm

An article in the Lincoln Star gives the demolition date as 12/12/75.

rivest266 on December 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Posted the Moon ad from August 31st, 1919 and Cooper 70 ads.

DavidZornig on November 11, 2016 at 10:49 am

1961 photo as Cooper Cinerama added courtesy of Steve Raglin. (Full left side of the photo can be seen on the Rialto Theatre page.)

MSC77 on October 26, 2022 at 2:05 pm

A chronology of Omaha’s 70mm presentation history has recently been published. The Cooper is mentioned numerous times.

Cinerama on October 25, 2023 at 7:25 pm

Click on link to see ads, articles, and pictures of the Omaha Cooper theatre. Please do not copy to this site.

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