Co-Ed Theater

121 West Broadway Avenue,
Fairfield, IA 52556

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Opened on July 28th, 1910 as the Orpheum Theater. In 1940 the Orpheum Theater closed for remodeling. A contest was held to see who could come up with the best idea as to how the theater should be remodeled. Students from Parsons College came up with the best design idea.

When the theater reopened on Christmas Day in 1940, the name was changed to the Co-Ed Theater in honor of those students because Parsons College was a co-ed college. In 1984 the Co-Ed Theater was remodeled again. When it reopened in August of 1984, it was a twin screen theater.

The Co-Ed Theater was closed on September 12, 2012.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 2, 2008 at 2:51 pm

This is another photo of the Co-Ed Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 1, 2008 at 5:32 pm

The Co-Ed Theater can be seen in this recent photo. Phone # 641.472.3707

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 14, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Operated by Dream Star Cinemas. Function should be first run movies.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 15, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Here is a November 2008 photo of the Co-Ed Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 5, 2009 at 6:55 pm

This is a 2009 photo of the Co-Ed Theater.

tinydr on January 20, 2009 at 6:47 pm

If the Add Photo feature ever returned I’d upload that 2009 shot…

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 24, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Here is a close-up shot of the marquee.

Tinseltoes on June 26, 2012 at 6:55 am

The conversion of the Orpheum into the Co-Ed is described in this 1941 trade article: boxofficemagazine

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 29, 2012 at 9:07 pm

The Boxoffice article Tinseltoes linked to says that Al Hauetter was the architect for the remodeling when the Orpheum in Fairfield was converted into the Co-Ed Theatre.

CSWalczak on October 29, 2012 at 10:46 pm

The theater has been closed since September 12, 2012, but a local not-for-profit group hopes to reopen it. There is an article about this effort here, but it requires a membership or subscription in order to read it in its entirety

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