Ames Theater

2420 Lincoln Way,
Ames, IA 50014

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The American Theater opened December 29, 1919 with Cecil B. De Mille’s “Male and Female. It was located on the same block as the Varsity Theater in Ames, IA. It was taken over by A.H. Blank and it was renamed Ames Theater on September 19, 1920. It was still open in 1957. After closing the building was used by Kingsland Systems Inc. as an office training facility. It has since been demolished.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2010 at 4:50 am

When the Ames Theatre was almost completely rebuilt in 1928, the architects for the project were Vorse, Kraetsch and Kraetsch of Des Moines. This, and much additional information, can be found on the web page to which ken mc linked in the comment immediately above.

The lead architect of the firm’s theater projects was Norman T. Vorse, who had designed theaters prior to merging his practice with that of the Kraetsch Brothers in 1919.

thrillcat
thrillcat on April 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

When it closed, it was originally purchased by the owner of People’s Bar & Grill with the intention of turning it into a larger live music venue. They made it quite a way into the conversion before they discovered that adding the required number of restrooms would involve tearing up Lincoln Way and adding larger utility feed and sewer lines. Sadly, this made the project cost prohibitive and it was scrapped.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 10, 2014 at 8:46 pm

The links for the before and after renovation photos are all dead. But I added a photo that appears to be before. The horizontal sign above the box office and marquee overhang appear to be the same.

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