Bravo | June 20, 2019

KEARNEY — The World The- atre celebrates seven years with a weekend of free films. Kearney’s volunteer-run movie house began life as a vaudeville theater. Built in 1927, The World Theatre featured musical acts, concerts and film in its early days, seating an audience of more than 900 people. The theater con- tinued in business until it closed about 80 years later. In 2012, The World Theatre reopened, restored to its early 20th century splendor. Jon Bokenkamp, founder/cre- ative director at The World The- EMERSON PLACE is a community for individuals 62 years of age or older, and handicapped/disabled regardless of age. Knudson Management Co., Inc. 600 East 23rd Street Kearney NE 68847 308-237-3221 • TDD 711 EVERYTHING YOU NEED UNDER ONE ROOF: • One-bedroom units • Handicapped accessible units • All utilities paid • Affordable rent • HUD assistance available • Social activities • Maintenance free PETS WELCOME Does your child need a physical for the 2019-2020 school year? Beat the summer rush, schedule an appointment today! KINDERGARTEN, 7TH GRADE, & SPORTS PHYSICALS! NEW ADDRESS: 620 East 25th St. • Kearney • 308-865-2767 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00-5:00 Sat. 8:30-Noon • 2620 Second Ave., Kearney • 308-698-7711 • HOME • AUTO • COMMERCIAL • FARM • CROP Make sure we go with you. Call us for a policy review today! PLANNING A ROAD TRIP? RISK & INSURANCE SOLUTIONS 2 DIVERSIONS KEARNEY HUB — THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019 Kearney Hub file WORKERS PREPARE Kearney’s historic downtown World Theatre for its grand reopening in June 2012. The theater closed in 2008 after Minnesota-based Cinema Entertainment Corp., which owned the theater at the time, instead decided to operate Hilltop 4 Theatres at Hilltop Mall. Celebrate World’s 7th with free films Rick Tucker, Kearney Hub file THE WORLD THEATRE starts to fill up on opening night June 29, 2012. Jon Bokenkamp, founder and president of the World Theatre Foundation, says, “I have been here so many times alone in the dark at night that it’s so nice to see people in here.” Jon Bokenkamp atre and creator of the NBC series “The Blacklist,” spearheaded the efforts to renovate the theater. “When we first launched, our idea was to simply dust the place off, vacuum the seats and show some unique films,” he said in a previous Hub interview. “But once we saw the scope of the communi- ty support, we realized we had an opportunity to do something really special.” In 2013, board member Bill Sinnard said of the theater: “The World Theatre is here for every- body. That’s what we want it to be. It’s a first-class place, a place where you can see movies again. There’s a whole generation of young kids coming to see these movies and getting so excited about them. And that makes us excited about this project, when we open the eyes and hearts of people to see a new type of art and film.” To celebrate the theater’s sev- enth anniversary, the volunteers at the theater will show three free films: ■ 7:30 p.m. Friday — “Big Fish,” PG-13, 125 minutes, 2003, presented in conjunction with Kearney Community Theatre. Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Daniel Wallace, Albert Finney and Billy Crudup —A son, frustrated with life, tries to tell the story of his Theater to play three shows Saturday through Sunday to honor ‘first-class’ place for movies WORLD THEATRE Continued on page 8