Cooper Foundation

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Cooper Foundation

Charitable and educational organization established in 1934 by Joseph H. Cooper, a long-time theater owner and former partner of Paramount Pictures add

Category: Civil society

Founded in 1934.

Countries: United States (75%), Nebraska (25%)

Main connections: Nebraska, Charlton Heston, Ray Bradbury

Linked to: Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Carmike Cinemas




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In 1961 and 1962, the Cooper Foundation was instrumental in presenting Cinerama films and film production by building three theaters to showcase the three-projector Cinerama format add something


It sold off its theater interests in 1975 add something


The last film presented there was "Dances with Wolves" in January, 1991, and at that time the Cooper was considered the flagship in the Plitt theater chain add something


It was demolished in 1994 to make way for a Barnes & Noble Bookstore add something


Despite an intensive grass-roots campaign by local preservationists, support by film actors and the movie industry including Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Ray Bradbury, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the American Society of Cinematographers, the owner, Nebraska Methodist Health Systems, Inc., went ahead with demolition on August 20, 2001, to make space available for a parking lot for its administration offices add something


As of 2009, the Cooper Foundation continues to support nonprofit organizations in and around Lincoln, Nebraska add something