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Trail Theatre

Photo from the John Schmidt collection.
Main St & Ninth St
Bridgeport NE

Record #26221  
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 500 seats
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Gibraltar Enterprises

Information for this tour was contributed by John Schmidt.

The major theater of Bridgeport was the Trail Theatre, owned and operated for many years by my father, Dorrance Schmidt. It seated about 500 and was approximately the size of the Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff minus the balcony. The Trail started out as a live theater complete with an orchestra pit. My father converted it to a full size Cinemascope format, complete with a true 2.35 to 1 aspect ratio lenticular screen. The wagon wheel chandeliers from the auditorium are in the Bridgeport Museum. The interior walls were adorned with western art painted on felt. It had a full stage silver curtain and boasted Simplex XL projectors, Strong arc lamps, and Altec sound.

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Photos from the John Schmidt collection.

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