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Omaha, NEB You know the names Orpheum, Rose and Dundee Theaters. But near 33rd and Leavenworth sits the old Boulevard Theater. Today, it’s a business, Jorgensen Awnings. The Boulevard was built in 1916. Inside, you can still find old tin tiles on the ceiling, wallpaper and skylights. “The building faade was beautiful,” says Chuck Martens. “Big arches in front. The owner was non union and union was very powerful. A few days after the opening, someone planted a bomb and blew up the front.”

Martens is with the Facebook group “Forgotten Omaha.” He is happy to see so many former theaters are re purposed and in use today. Louie M’s on 17th and Vinton was originally the Favorite Theater. “As you walk in the entrance there is the favorite sign on mosaic tile,” says Martens. “The building is completely different.”
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