Main Street Cinemas

115 N. Main Street,
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641

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JeffAdamson on March 31, 2014 at 4:53 am

I just performed there, last Friday night with my comedy improv troupe, Guys In Ties. The owner did very good of bringing it up to modern amenities while still keeping the original feel of an old movie house. The large third floor hall, once used as a Masonic lodge, is being turned into seven apartments.

Trolleyguy on November 2, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Now known as the Main Street Cinemas. Here’s the website:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 28, 2013 at 4:59 am

The Masonic Temple Theatre was built in 1923 and designed by the Kansas City architectural firm of Owen, Payson, & Carswell. Architect Robin B. Carswell left the firm by 1925 and was replaced by William Sayler.

As Owen, Sayler, & Payson, (Albert S. Owen and Charles H. Payson were the other partners) the firm designed the Ararat Shrine Temple in Kansas City (1926), which would also later operate as a movie theater and would also be listed on the NRHP, as part of the Eleventh Street Historic District.

After establishing his own practice, Carswell also designed the Memorial Auditorium at Burlington, Iowa.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 24, 2009 at 12:08 am

Here is a 1992 photo of the Temple Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 24, 2009 at 2:47 am

Your right Chuck, it’s listed as the Masonic Temple Theater. Here is the information:

Natioal Register of Historic Places

Masonic Temple Theater (added 1991 – Building – #91001119)
115 N. Main, Mount Pleasant

Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Bergdahl,K.A., Owen, Payson & Carswell
Architectural Style: Classical Revival
Area of Significance: Architecture
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture, Social
Historic Sub-function: Meeting Hall, Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater