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kdavis commented about Gem Theatre on Jan 18, 2010 at 4:19 am

Correction – went through town and found it standing, though significantly altered. The parapet features a key stone with letter “M” in relief.

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kdavis commented about Ritz Theatre on Jan 16, 2010 at 8:11 am

The Columbia Opera House (321 5th) showed movies for a time and the small building just to the east of it (323 5th) also was a movie theater in the 1910s.

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kdavis commented about Ritz Theatre on Jan 16, 2010 at 8:09 am

The Ritz Theatre is still standing. I just drove by a few months ago. It is at 523 Driftwood, just north of 5th Street. It was constructed between 1917 and 1926 and appears on the 1927 Sanborn Fire Insurance map. According to local history sources, an Eddie Osipowicz was responsible for building/operating the theater.

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kdavis commented about Sioux Theatre on Jan 14, 2010 at 6:49 am

Some recent research might provide a little clarification to the above –

The original Sioux Theater was located in the 2-story building currently standing at 809 Central. This building was constructed in 1924 as the Dunlap Theater. It became the Tivoli Theater in 1928 under the ownership of Jack Bouma. In 1939, the theater changed hands and names again, becoming the Sioux Theater. In 1961, when the theater building was converted into Streit Pharmacy, the Sioux Theater name transferred over to the former Comet Theater at 710 Central that is discussed above.

The original Dunlap Theater (later Tivoli and Sioux Theater) building is still standing and I would recommend a new separate entry to help eliminate confusion.

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kdavis commented about Riviera Theatre on Jan 14, 2010 at 4:25 am

Thanks for the added info, Joe.

A little more research on my end turned up that the original Iowa Theater burned down in 1936 and was rebuilt shortly thereafter; this is the building at 2209 Main today. The current theater manager believes that it was known as the Iowa Theater until Fridley took over (1980s?), remodeled the theater, and renamed it the Riviera.

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kdavis commented about Sac Theater on Jan 14, 2010 at 4:06 am

By the way, it is at 118 N 5th St.

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kdavis commented about Sac Theater on Jan 14, 2010 at 4:05 am

This building was constructed around 1929 as the Casino Theater. The building contained both a movie theater and a dance hall during the 1930s and 1940s. The name changed to the Sac Theatre at some point before 1955. It is currently vacant.

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kdavis commented about Rialto Theatre on Jan 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm

The earlier Rialto Theater was down the street and around the corner. The building is still there at 29 3rd Ave NE. The Boumas operated the “Old” Rialto from the 1920s until they constructed the “new” Rialto discussed above.

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kdavis commented about Royal 3 Cinemas on Jan 13, 2010 at 11:28 am

According Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, the Royal Theater dates to at least 1923.

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kdavis commented about Riviera Theatre on Jan 13, 2010 at 10:55 am

I am pretty sure this is the same as the Riviera Theater still in operation at this location. An earlier, Iowa Theater stood at the same location in the early 20th century. It burned down in the 1920s and was replaced with the existing Riviera Theater.

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kdavis commented about Wonderland Theatre on Jan 13, 2010 at 9:49 am

A movie theater appears at this location on the 1931 Sanborn Fire Insurance map. Perhaps it simply had a different name prior to the “opening” of the theater under the Wonderland name?

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kdavis commented about State 5 Theatre on Jan 7, 2010 at 9:48 am

According to local residents, the State 3 Theater is in the former Ben Franklin, which was remodeled by Fridley a few years ago (c2004) to be a movie theater.

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kdavis commented about Grand Theatre on Dec 10, 2009 at 6:39 am

This building is still standing. It is at the NE corner of Gilman and N 3rd. It is vacant and has lost its marquee, but remnants of the lobby are visible through the window.

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kdavis commented about Strand Theater on Nov 18, 2009 at 9:34 am

Just visited this location last week and it appears that it is still standing, just encased in a marble and slate skin. It is now occupied by 4 Oaks of Waterloo.

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kdavis commented about Gem Theatre on Nov 5, 2009 at 9:33 am

According to the local librarian, this building is no longer standing.

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kdavis commented about Maple Theatre on Oct 26, 2009 at 10:48 am

Hi, Chuck1231 – I am very interested in your posting from earlier this year, as I am working on a statewide survey of movie theaters for the Iowa SHPO. It contradicts what we’ve found in Mapleton – Can you provide the source of your information so we can reference it in our survey information? Thanks!

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kdavis commented about Sycamore 12 on Sep 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Field verified – the original Cinema 1&2 was at the east end of the mall (opposite the existing Sycamore 12) and is now occupied by a women’s clothing store called Four Seasons.