Charles Theatre

405 N. Main Street,
Charles City, IA 50616

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Charles Theatre

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The 1935 Charles Theatre, designed in beautiful Art Moderne style, including its dramatic mulicolored tile facade other other stylish Moderne details inside, still operates today as a movie house, seating 450.

It originally could seat 600 and was first operated by a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures. In addition to first-run fare, the Charles also on ocassion shows classic movies as well.

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scrimger
scrimger on December 17, 2006 at 3:23 pm

Originally independently owned by an exec of Central States theatres, it was sold a few years ago to a local theatre group and has been lovingly rehabilitated with newer seating and a marquee like the originall one but with electronic messag board instead of changing letters by hand..restrooms are on the first floor now …the theatre never had a balcony although the origninal restrooms were on the second floor..a job well done…seniors get in for 1 dollar…a bargain runs all the time….

MPol
MPol on September 27, 2008 at 7:34 pm

I love that outside design!!

MPol
MPol on September 28, 2008 at 1:15 pm

This theatre most definitely is a real attention-getter! Love that photo.

LFOP
LFOP on October 30, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Here’s a 2008 black and white view of the CHARLES: http://www.boxsetgallery.com/stein/index.html

MPol
MPol on November 1, 2008 at 7:31 pm

I love all those photographs, hstein and Lost Memory. Thanks for sharing.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 21, 2009 at 11:51 pm

The Charles Theatre was designed by the Des Moines architectural firm Wetherell & Harrison.

MPol
MPol on March 21, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Thanks for the information, Joe.

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