1415 S. Main Street,
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Jim Nutz designed and built The Show Theatre during the Depression, using innovative building techniques. The structure is Art Deco style with curved brick and steel reinforced concrete walls, utilizing many glass blocks. Several unique features included a mannequin on a revolving deck above the entrance, porthole windows, and a spacious backstage dressing room with a rear entrance.
The second floor boasted a luxurious lounge bathed in light coming through the large windows, balcony seating, and one of the earliest sound-proof cry rooms. The building had excellent acoustics, and a state of art projection room.
In the 1930’s, the theatre hosted top name vaudeville acts, including burlesque, comedy, ventriloquist, and illusion acts. The nightly venue also included first run films from the major Hollywood studios, which Juim Nutz and his wife Louise hand-picked at screenings in Kansas City. Jim also conducted weekly amateur talent contests, awarding cash and other prizes, including diamond rings and gift certificates, donated by Newton’s Jewellery and other local stores.
In 1949, The Show Theatre was taken over by Dickinson Theatres and became the Glen Theatre. It was closed by 1972. I cannot find any information that indicates it having been in use as a theater since that time.
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