Grand Theatre Named to National Register

NORFOLK - The Grand Theatre in Norfolk has been named to the National Register of Historic Places, and a public reception is being held today to honor the recognition. Bob Puschendorf, deputy state historic preservation officer for the Nebraska State Historical Society, will speak at the reception, scheduled from 5 until 7 this evening at the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce, 609 West Norfolk Avenue. The Grand was built in 1920 at 120 South 3rd street and had such modern conveniences as a women’s “powder room” and air conditioning. It was built to show films, but also had a large stage for vaudeville and other live performances. The theatre was renamed The Rialto in the 1940’s, and the Cinema in the 1960’s.  The Grand now belongs to the Norfolk Community Theatre, and work has been completed on restoring the façade and rebuilding the marquee. The building will eventually become home to community theatre productions and other performances.