Waverly Palace Theatre

90 East Bremer Avenue,
Waverly, IA 50677

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Waverly Palace Theatre

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The Waverly Theatre opened around 1927 as a single screen theatre. It was remodeled and made a triplex in 1999. During the 1960’s it was operated by Iowa United Theatres. Seating for the three screens is listed at 440.

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LonPeterson on May 24, 2007 at 12:39 pm

The Waverly Theatre building was built in 1927-1928. What I do know about past ownership goes back to the 40s when the Hageman family owned it. I believe they sold it to Ernie and Dorthy Thies in the early 50s. The Thies’s then built the Waverly Auto Vue Drive-in east of town in about 1952 or 1953. Dorthy Thies then sold the theatres to my father Gerald Peterson in 1964 and took over on January 1st of 1965. Over the next 31 years he also owned these theatres in Iowa. the Center in Grundy Center, the Sunset in Sumner the Firemans in New Hampton, the Avalon in West Union,the Grand in Eldora, the Capri in Oelwein, the Monte in Monticello, the Evans in Anamosa, the Fox in Fort Madison and the Princess in Eagle Grove. He was also part owner of the Malek in Independence and the Castle in Manchester

Benny on January 22, 2008 at 6:36 pm

Lon, Nice history lesson on the Waverly Theatre. Thanks.
I was part time projectionist, mostly winter months in 1962 and 1963 and I believe early 1964. Super Simplex projectors on Western Electric sound heads and Peerless Magnarc lamps running at 40 amps D.C. Western Electric sound system. Super Panatar cinemascope lenses. Many good memories at the Waverly Theatre.
Respectfully Submitted,
Ben Kehe
Motion Picture Projection Services, Inc.
Tulsa, Oklahoma
918 906 3715

Chris1982 on November 19, 2014 at 12:58 am

The Palace Theatre is fully digital with 3D capabilities. Website

AnnieD1662 on August 22, 2016 at 5:49 pm

I raised my sons in Waverly from 1992 until 2013. Waverly is small enough that the kids would go downtown to the Palace Theater on their own and we parents didn’t worry about them. Although getting to Waterloo and Cedar Falls about 20 miles south wasn’t difficult, it was more fun to go to the Palace instead to sit among neighbors. The movies being shown were sometimes first runs, more often second runs, but there was a strong emphasis on having at least one of the three movies be appropriate for kids. Even being divided into three theaters, it truly follows in the tradition of old-time Main Street theaters.

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