New Holland Theatre

826 Main Street,
Pella, IA 50219

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In the early 1960’s I went to Central College in Pella. This was the only theatre in town. I think it was one storefront wide. It seems like it had three or four seats on one side of the aisle and four or five seats on the other side of the aisle. It would really be filled up on weekend evenings. It and another building have been combined and it is now occupied by the Pella Music Store and neighboring offices. To find out the reason for the name, look up “Pella Cinemas” on Cinema Treasures. I have no idea when it opened or closed.

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Contributed by Bob "VANDER" Jensen

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 30, 2006 at 6:12 am

Bob, the 1932 Film Daily Year Book lists only one theatre for Pella— the Strand, with 250 seats, but no specific address given. The 1957 FDYB also lists just one theatre for Pella— the New Holland, with 200 seats and address of 832 Main Street. Perhaps the Strand and New Holland were the same theatre? I can’t explain the slightly different addresses, but FDYBs seem to have many errors, and this might be another one of them.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 30, 2006 at 11:35 am

WARREN, I don’t think Pella, in those days could ever have supported more than one theatre (in 1960 it had a population of about 5000 plus 500 college students). I seem to remember seeing something about the Strand, I need to check that out. For the New Holland I also have just seen the 832 adddress which is so close a number it’s got to be the same place, and that it was owned by Findley’s Theatres from 1998-2000 (I think that might really be for the 810 Washington theatre). I also have something on a Pella Theatre in 1935 and that wouldn’t be the Pella Cinemas which are newly built.

LOST MEMORY, Alas there is no NEW in front of Findley’s Holland Theatre I think it’s a completly different theatre which would sorta be near the northwest side of the square, the New Holland was on the east side of the square, just about exactly where I remember it being. The Findley Theatre was on my sheets of theatres to add to Cinema Treasures. Perhaps when I get all the Pella theatres on Cinema Treasures, I’ll print them all up and send them to the Pella Hitorical Society and see if they have any other info, cause I’m getting all confused!

Bob “VANDER” Jensen
(about the “VANDER”, When I went to college in Pella with all the Dutch there and last names that started with VANDER, VAN, DE, etc., I added the “VANDER” to my Danish Jensen just as a joke to make me fit in better).

MLutthans on October 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I was just in Pella and went to 832 Main to check it out. This was definitely a theatre, but I think it was a long, long time ago, i.e., maybe in the silent movie era. The upstairs floor is slanted, but I don’t think it was a balcony. Rather, I think the upstairs was where the theatre was, and downstairs was something else.

Matt Lutthans

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