Crystal Theater

403 Main Street,
Manning, IA 51455

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The Crystal Theater opened around 1912. It was designed for both vaudeville and silent movies. The Crystal was owned by George Dethlefs who also owned the smaller Lyric Theater across the street from the Crystal Theater.

Over the years the theater was remodeled and a balcony was added. The Crystal Theater closed in the 1960’s. Today, the First National Bank which was located next to the Crystal theater, expanded into the theater building.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 25, 2005 at 6:05 pm

This first link is a diagram of the block where the Crystal theater was located. The first building is the bank at 401 Main and the Crystal is next at 403 Main. Today they are both one building:
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The next link has some background info on the Crystal theater and a tiny photo of it at the top of the page:
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 23, 2007 at 8:21 pm

This article shows the Crystal closing in 1956, but presumably it re-opened at a later date:

“Larceny” Faces Manning Resident

A charge of grand larceny was filed in justice court at Carroll on Monday against Roger V. Anderson, 34, Manning. The charge is in connection with alleged thefts of money from the Crystal Theater in Manning, which closed last week. Anderson has been a projectionist at the theater for several years. A preliminary hearing will be held later in the week. He is being held in custody pending the hearing. J. Fred Dethlefs, manager of the theater, closed the Crystal because of poor health.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm

In 1955 the Crystal Theater had 400 seats.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 17, 2009 at 2:14 am

Here is an interesting ad for the Crystal Theater.

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