LINCOLN AREA ARCHIVES MUSEUM
Where: Beermann Plaza at 640 5th St.
When: Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
Free: Donations always accepted
Not only did we stump readers on what last week’s Lincoln Area Archives Museum mystery item was but we also stumped museum docents.
This week’s mystery item is much easier.
Besides wall-to-wall exhibits, the Lincoln Area Archives Museum has several historical photographs on display. If you know what street is pictured above, please send answers to email@example.com by Tuesday.
Last week’s mystery item
Last week’s mystery item is a hand-cranked film rewinder.
Mark Burdick, a Roseville vintage and antique buff, loaned it to the Lincoln Area Archives Museum. The instrument was used to hand-rewind film onto large, empty reels.
The year 1890 was the start of motion pictures with one-minute episodes in black and white without sound, according to museum docents. This “silent film era” lasted until 1927, although the first film shot in color was in 1912 with the “Our King and Queen through India” documentary. Earlier films had been hand-painted with color.
Technicolor was used, starting in 1939 in “Wizard of Oz” and “Gone with the Wind,” according to museum docents.
Lincoln had four venues for watching films, from the silent black and white films through the first 50 years of the 20th-century and a bit beyond.
The Logan family had the Photo Theatre on Fifth Street, downstairs and to the east side of the IOOF Hall. The aerodrome, housed on 5th Street next to the Carnegie Library, showed early films. The aerodrome housed a nickelodeon under its stage. When the building was torn down, another cinema house took its place, the Moore Theatre.
There was also a nickelodeon under the stage of the Moore Theatre. It might have been the same instrument. The Moore Theater came down to make way for the Bank of America.
At the same time the Moore Theatre was nearing the end of its realm, another theater was built in the middle of the block on G Street, on the east side, between Fifth and Sixth streets. After this movie house closed, the building was remodeled for a bowling alley and today is a church.
Another building that showed films was the True Blue Hall, a two-story wooden building at the southwest corner of G Street and 6th Street. This hall also hosted plays, operas and other entertainment. Now known as Lincoln Boulevard, G Street was also called Highway 99 E and then Highway 65.
Readers, do you have an item you would like to share with other? The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
- Carol Feineman