Howard Theatre

112 W. State Street,
Jefferson, IA 80129

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The State Theatre was opened October 19, 1927. It was remodeled in early-1936 to the plans of architectural firm Liebenberg & Kaplan and reopened April 2, 1936 as the Howard Theatre. It was one of four theatres at one time in operation in Jefferson. Seating was listed at 265 so it was the smallest of the four. The Howard Theatre closed in 1952 and has since been demolished.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 1, 2009 at 12:49 am

I found a mention of the Howard Theatre as early as the March 21, 1942, issue of Boxoffice. The item said that Beverly Richards, 22, was the new manager of the Iowa and Howard Theatres at Jefferson, both operated by the Pioneer Theatre Corporation of Minneapolis. She was the first woman ever named manager by the company.

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