Gehling's Theatre

Also known as: NeHBS #RH03-76, OHBIN #11-29-04
1592 Stone St., Falls City, Nebraska


Gehling's Theatre

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Constructed in 1892-93 in Falls City by the Gehling family, owners of the local brewery, the three story brick building has a large opera house on the second level. The interior features a curved balcony and a huge proscenium arch, which fills the entire wall of the opera house. Old posters advertising silent movies remain on the walls backstage. The opera house hosted stars like Fanny Rice and such classics as "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "Shepherd of the Hills."

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 28, 1988
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Two-part commercial block
Areas of significance
Entertainment/Recreation; Performing Arts
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Meeting hall; Theater; Specialty store; Music facility
Current function
Department store
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant year

Update Log 

  • May 14, 2013: New photo from Dave King
  • October 16, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.