Small Nebraska town gets 2 theaters
Small-town movie theaters aren’t exactly a growth industry. But after years without a movie theater, Central City — a Nebraska town of about 3,000 — has added two first-run cinemas (and a total of three screens): the renovated State Theater and the newly built Widman Cinema.
“We feel like both theaters offer two different types of experiences,” said Ann Herbig, a committee board member and volunteer of the Widman. “We think they’re both going to thrive, and we think Central City will be the part of central Nebraska to come see a movie.”
The impetus for the two theaters started in 2013, when the State, the city’s only movie theater at the time, closed its doors.
Around this time, two separate Central City groups formed. One group wanted to restore the downtown State Theater. The other wanted to build a new two-screen cinema on the east side of town.
Both groups succeeded.