Cinema Center Complex
2828 S. 82nd Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Douglas Theaters
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Cinema Center
- 84th & Center Drive-In
- Gemini Twin Theater
- Aksarben Cinema
- 76 West Dodge Drive-In
- Crossroads Twin Cinema
News About This Theater
- Jan 11, 2014 — Omaha World Herald photos
- May 21, 2010 — Happy 30th, "Empire"
- Jan 13, 2009 — Cinema Center to close
- May 25, 2007 — Happy 30th, Star Wars!
The Cinema Center was opened on December 22, 1967 with a single screen theatre that seated 650 people and featured a 60 foot screen.
On June 29, 1969 a second screen was added. From June 11, 1976 a third screen was added and on June 18, 1976 a fourth screen opened. By June 1985, four other auditoriums were added around the theatre’s original screen.
After Omaha’s Indian Hills Theatre closed, the original screen of the Cinema Center Complex became the largest screen in Omaha, Nebraska. Operated by Douglas Theatres as a first run theatre, in January 2009, the Cinema Center Complex closed, to be turned into offices. In 2015 it was converted for use by a gun club.
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The Cinema Center theater has hosted 4 of my 10 film tributes here in Omaha Ne. PSYCHO with actress Janet Leigh attending was the first event I held there in 1994.Miss Leighs'daughter Kelly Curtis, saw PSYCHO for the first time at this event! GONE WITH THE WIND with actress Ann Rutherford (Careen O'Hara in the film) and a contingent of Civil War re enactors was the second event held there. MR.SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, with Producer Frank Capra Jr. attending, was a salute to legendary director Frank Capra. PATTON was attended by the grandson of Gen.Patton, and was the first time the family had ever attended an event for that film! Go to my web site www.omahafilmevent.com to see photos from these and other events I have produced in Omaha Ne. that have attained international attention.
A photo of the Cinema Center marquee can be found here View link
This opened on December 23rd 1967. 2 screens on June 29th, 1969 3 screens on June 11th, 1976 4 screens on June 18th, 1976
the 1967, 1969 and 1976 grand openings ad has been uploaded here.
Theater Houses ‘Round Town Omaha World-Herald (NE) – Sunday, June 16, 1985
2828 S. 82nd Ave., 397 – 3554. Eight screens. Tickets are $2 for showings that start before 6 p.m., otherwise $3.75 except $2 for those younger than 13 or older than 64. Matinees on weekends and major holidays, and during summer and winter school vacations."
[Listed under “Southwest Omaha”!]
and now…it’s going to become a Gun Club! On April 30, 2015 it was announced that the Cinema Center Theater would be converted to a gun club. http://www.omaha.com/money/old-cinema-center-movie-theater-to-become-haven-for-gun/article_18e93ae4-2319-5020-a936-be7747d4c457.html It’s so sad to see it go, but, at least it wasn’t demolished for a parking lot!!
A chronology of Omaha’s 70mm presentation history has recently been published. The Cinema Center is mentioned numerous times.
Grand opening ad as a twin:
Douglas Cinema II opening 29 Jun 1969, Sun Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska) Newspapers.com
Slight Correction: opened December 22nd, 1967
4-plex opening from June 18th, 1976: Douglas Cinema Center Complex opening 18 Jun 1976, Fri Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska) Newspapers.com