Mason City’s Arlee Theater Reopening This Week
The theater was last used as a country western music venue. Before that, it was a movie house from 1936 until 1984. But in May of 2003, John and Gaye Maxson of Mason City purchased the 450-seat Arlee, and since then have put a good deal of time, effort and money into cleaning up the theater. “I bet I’ve scraped 2,000 pieces of gum off the floor,” says Gaye, “Some of it’s pretty old.”
The Maxsons hope to bring a place where people can go for live entertainment and classic films to downtown Mason City. Currently, Mason City residents need to travel over a half hour away to cites like Lincoln or Peoria to see a movie.
Opening night for the Arlee is next Sunday March 28th, and a gospel music concert will be the newly-refurbished theater’s debut.