Century III Theatres

507 S. Duff Avenue,
Ames, IA 50010

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The Century I & II opened as a twin February 20, 1970. A third screen was added sometime in the early-1990’s. Seating was listed at 720 for the three auditoriums. The theatre was owned and operated by Central States Theatres, closed sometime in early 2000.

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Logan5 on June 9, 2009 at 1:10 pm

The address listed in the newspaper article is 509 South Duff Avenue.

Logan5 on June 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Looks like it opened in the late 1960s or possibly early 1970s.

Logan5 on June 9, 2009 at 1:24 pm

20th Century Bowling was/is located at 505 South Duff, presumably next door – to the North of this 509 South Duff site. Apparently the building was demolished, but the sign was left standing.

rodmo71 on June 22, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Problem with the Century was it was located in the middle of a flood plain so kept getting flooded. The last time it got flooded was 1998 and never reopened.

dallasmovietheaters on August 11, 2015 at 10:19 am

Architected by Norm Rudi, the Century Cinemas I & II was the first theater built as a twin-screen in Ames and launched February 20, 1970 for Heartland Cinemas Circuit. The larger screen was 430 seats at opening — first film “The Undefeated.” And the smaller screen was 270 seats — first film “Gone with the Wind.” The theater was taken over by the Ames Theatre Circuit in December of 1973.

The theater should have been named the Century Dive-In as its South Duff location was frequented by damaging flood waters in 1975, 1993, and 1996. But the knockout was the flood of 1998 which — combined with the Cinemark megaplex built that year — spelled the end of the Century. It was mercifully razed the next year as the Century would not quite last into the new century.

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