Forest Theatre

215 N. Clark Street,
Forest City, IA 50436

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The Forest Theatre opened in the early-1930’s with seating listed at 455. From the early-1940’s through the mid-1950’s it was operated by Central States Theatres. It was last independently operated and closed by 2012.

Contributed by Chuck

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kencmcintyre on January 19, 2007 at 12:58 pm

The theater was severely damaged in a 1950 fire, but obviously was rebuilt:

Most Recent Big Fire 1950 Theatre Blaze

The most spectacular fire in history struck Forest City Jan. 10, 1950. It raged out of control nearly two hours and left only three bare wall of the Forest Theatre standing. Loss to the building and its contents plus the damage to adjacent businesses reached the staggering total of $125,000. Only the heroic efforts of the Forest City Fire department prevented the fire from destroying an entire half block of business buildings. The fire was discovered in the front part of the second floor of the theatre building at 8:40 p.m. The hundred or more persons attending the first show left the theatre in an orderly fashion and no one was injured in the fire.

When the flames had threatened to spread to the Soda Bar building to the north and to Olson Furniture and Lyons to the south, a call for assistance was sent out to Lake Mills, Garner, Clear Lake and Mason City fire departments. The Lake Mills and Garner trucks were the first to report. Clear Lake’s truck froze up near Ventura and was forced to turn back.

Trolleyguy on June 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Status should be “Closed.”

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