Crystal Theatre

509 Norfolk Avenue,
Norfolk, NE 68701

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Crystal Theatre

This theatre was located adjacent to the Queen Hotel. It was opened by Howard Schinn on January 20, 1909. It was owned by Robert Ballantyne in 1910 and 1911. It operated as a silent movie theatre. It was closed on January 30, 1914, and in 1915 went into use as a café.

In the 1930’s and 1940’s, Ballantyne owned the Scott-Ballantyne company, which manufactured projection equipment.

Contributed by Bruce Calvert

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CSWalczak on January 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm

There is a picture of the Crystal Theatre (with Mr. Ballantyne included) on p. 50 of this webbook:

dallasmovietheaters on May 23, 2021 at 8:37 am

Howard Schinn launched the Crystal Theater on January 20, 1909 in an existing building adjoining the Queen Hotel. The 350-seat theater was the second movie theater in downtown Norfolk following the Lyric. Due to lack of electricity, the Crystal operated its theater including the projectors with gas at opening. Five operators later, the Crystal closed on July 30, 1914. In 1915, it was retrofitted for a cafe.

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