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Fremont, NE: Main Street Theatres - Main Street 7 Sold, to be Renamed

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2019 and updated on Sunday, February 7, 2021 2:20 PM

The Main Street Theatres - Main Street 7 in the Fremont Mall in Fremont, Nebraska has been sold, and became the Fremont Theatres on November 1, 2019. Fremont is located about 30 miles northwest of Omaha.

According to an article published recently in the Fremont Tribune, the buyer worked for Main Street Theatres:

The Main Street 7 Theatre in Fremont will be renamed as the Fremont Theatre after being sold to a local owner earlier this month.

Main Street Theatres, which operates six locations in Nebraska and Iowa, sold the theater to Geof Rau, who worked as the company’s director of operations. Rau became the owner of the theater, located in the Fremont Mall, on Nov. 1.

“Geof and his family had the opportunity to purchase the theater and they did, and we couldn’t be more excited for them,” Main Street Theatres owner Bill Barstow said. “It’s kind of cool that he was here when we built the theater and expanded it, and he’s intimately familiar with it.”
Rau, a graduate from Midland University, helped open the Fremont location on Christmas Day in 1995 and worked as its original manager. He also helped with the theater’s expansion a few years ago, Barstow said.

Rau purchased the theater with his wife, Leigh, and his son, Garret. Although he has stepped down as director of operations, he will stay on as a consultant at Main Street Theatres.
“This was an opportunity to buy something I’ve been running for 24 years,” Rau said. “And I just took that opportunity, and it worked out nice.”

Click the Read link below to view the full article.

According to our records, the theater originally opened November 21, 1995 as the Fremont 4 Theatres. It expanded from four to seven screens in 2007.

Main Street Theatres operates the Main Street Theatres - Aksarben Cinema in Omaha and the Main Street Theatres - Pioneer 3 in Nebraska City, as well as others. The company is currently building a new theater, the Main Street Theatres - ACX Cinema 12+ in Elkhorn (West Omaha).

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