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Film Index reported on March 18, 1911, that Steve Bennis bought out the interests of “Mr. Nases” in the Empire Theatre in Lincoln and had enlarged its capacity from 150 to 330 seats. “Mr. Bennis is proud of the Empire’s five-piece orchestra, which is led by Paul Jones, a capable musical director”. The Empire Theatre was closed in 1915.
Bennis’s obituary in the Bloomington Pantagraph, Nov. 18, 1954, said that he “became manager of the old Empire Theater in 1909”.
Lincoln’s Empire was included in Konrad Schiecke’s 2006 book, “Historic Movie Theatres in Illinois, 1883-1960”.
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