Varsity Theatre

2412 Lincoln Way,
Ames, IA 50014

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Varsity Theatre

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Opened as a single screen in 1938, it has since been converted to a twin. The Varsity Theatre plays independent and general releases with admissions ranging from $3.75 to $5.75.

The Varsity Theatre was originally operated by Central States Theatres with lobby space added and a second screen. It is was last operated by Cinemark Theatres, who closed it at the end of 2008.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Here’s an illustrated web page about the Varsity Theatre</a>, courtesy of the Ames Historical Society. It says that the Varsity was designed by the Des Moines architectural firm Wetherell & Harrison, and that the same firm also designed the Collegian Theatre in Ames.

rodmo71 on June 22, 2009 at 5:43 pm

The Varsity II closed at the end of 2008. No word yet what will happen to the theater.

kencmcintyre on June 29, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Here is an October 1938 ad in the Ames Daily Tribune:

sdgirl on September 4, 2009 at 2:33 am

I am really sad the varsity theater closed. They played some fantastic independent movies, and had some fun midnight screenings.

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