Ames Theater

2420 Lincoln Way,
Ames, IA 50014

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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.

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.

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.

Logan5 on June 9, 2009 at 2:48 pm

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

kencmcintyre on December 30, 2008 at 4:29 pm

There are some vintage photos on this page: