Title: New Book on the World Theatre - Kearney, Nebraska
Author: Jacqueline T Lynch
Publisher: Another Old Movie Blog
“Kearney’s World Theatre” by Keith Terry, is like that long, familiar walk down the carpeted aisle, the descending incline of a movie theatre from the back of the house to the orchestra seats. You look all around at the grand old movie temple, and anticipation builds to claim your seat. Then the magic. Even if you have never been to the World Theatre in Kearney, Nebraska, you’ve got a stake in this theater and this book.
An “Images of America” book recently published by Arcadia Publishing, this treasure trove of photos with captions takes us on the timeline from the theater’s opening in November 1927, through its heyday of the 1930s until 2008, when it closed.
But that was not the end of the story. In 2009, community efforts began to restore and reopen the World Theatre, fundraising which continues today. This book is part of those efforts, to raise awareness of the cultural significance of this theater, and to aid in the fundraising. Half of the author’s royalties will be donated to the restoration of the World Theatre.
The author, Keith Terry, is a faculty member in the Department of Communication at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He is the author of two other books on Nebraska history.
We’ve discussed many classic movie theaters on this blog, and sometimes we are lucky to find one that’s in the process of being revitalized. This time, however, we actually get a chance to help out ourselves in a very simple way. Please have a look at “Kearney’s World Theatre” by Keith Terry on the Arcadia website here, and consider purchasing a copy. The pages of photos, memories, posters and memorabilia, though centered on a small theater in a town in Nebraska, on another level is about everything readers of this blog love about old movies and preserving them.
Posters for a Clara Bow movie. The time a person dressed as The Tin Man standing out front to advertise “The Wizard of Oz” (which didn’t need much help, as it pulled in such big crowds the movie was held over).
The ushers and the live acts, the war bond drives. The theater ghost (every good theater has one). The ever-changing marquee. Most of the photos and the memories were supplied by the patrons, so there is an intimacy in the book that you feel from looking at a family photo album. It’s their theater, but the memories and experiences are universal and were shared by a few generations of millions of other Americans.
Then the demise of a theater, and an era. Now, the rebirth. Claim your seat as the curtain draws open.
“Kearney’s World Theatre” by Keith Terry is available online here from Arcadia Publishing.
(Disclosure: A copy of “Kearney’s World Theatre” by Keith Terry was supplied to me for purposes of reviewing on this blog.)
Title: New Book Celebrates Kearney’s World Theatre: Proceeds to go toward the theater’s revitalization
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
These days, it’s rare for a community come together for a single causebut that’s exactly what’s happening in Kearney with the publication of Kearney’s World Theatre, a new pictorial history book covering the history of the iconic movie theater from 1927 to today.
Once a main hub in the community, the theater suffered due to a changing economic and entertainment landscape. It closed operations in 2008. Now, there’s a movement afoot to bring the World Theatre back to its former glory. The book, Kearney’s World Theatre, available June 13, could be an important turning point in its revitalizationraising both awareness and funding.
Many of the images in the book were donated from personal photograph collections in an effort to help preserve the theater they loved. Additionally, half the author royalties will go directly to the World Theatre Foundation, whose mission is to save the theater.
“I hope that after reading this book people who visit the World Theatre will be conscious of the rich and varied personal stories that have formulated there since 1927,” says author Keith Terry. Terry hopes to see the theater thrive again.
Kearney’s World Theatre will be available June 13, 2011 at area bookstores, independent retailers, online retailers, and through Arcadia Publishing at (888) 313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places. Have we done a book on your town? Visit www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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