134 N. 13th Street,
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Rococo Theatre (Official)
Firms: Davis & Wilson
Styles: Renaissance Revival
Previous Names: Stuart Theatre
Built on the site of the Lyric Theatre(it has its own page on Cinema Treasures). The Stuart Theatre was opened June 29, 1929 with Eddie Dowling in “The Rainbow Man”. It was built for stage shows and movies. By 1943 it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Joe Cooper.
In the 1970’s, the theatre’s operator installed carpeting, lowered the ceilings, and covered up all of the ornamentation. By 1989 it was operated by Excellence Theatres. In the fall of 1991 it was taken over by Douglas Theaters.
The Stuart Theatre later closed and lay dormant for years.
In December 2001, the new owners peeled away the carpeting and found the original marble floors. The lowered ceiling revealed beautiful chandeliers and behind all of the walls were terrific murals, trim and ornamentation.
The owners have now built a full-service kitchen and bar and installed tables and seating.
Today, the Rococo Theatre features concerts (opening night - Blues Traveller) and classic films nearly every night.
Lincoln is just off I-80 and this is an extremely worthwhile stop for anyone facing that long drive across Nebraska.
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