Ames Theater

2420 Lincoln Way,
Ames, IA 50014

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The Ames Theater opened around 1919 as the American Theater. The Ames Theater was located on the same block as the Varsity Theater in Ames, Iowa. I don’t know the closing date for this theater but the building still stands and is used as office space. Click the link below for an article on the buildings current use.

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Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

kencmcintyre on December 30, 2008 at 7:29 pm

There are some vintage photos on this page:

Logan5 on June 9, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Now an office location (training facility) for Kingland Systems, Inc. See

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2010 at 7:50 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 on April 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm

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 on August 10, 2014 at 11:46 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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