Firemens Theatre

22 N. Locust Avenue,
New Hampton, IA 50659

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Firemen's Theatre...New Hampton Iowa

A small theatre that had a couple of columns that were hard to see around. A victim of fire.

Contributed by scrimger

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kencmcintyre on April 30, 2007 at 4:03 pm

Opening date was 1917, according to the New Hampton Tribune.

scrimger on April 30, 2007 at 10:59 pm

The pre 1919 photo is probably about right…I remember it had a neon sign marquee…isn’t it strange the name and then to be burned to the ground…

LonPeterson on August 25, 2007 at 5:00 pm

The Firemens Theatre was purchased by Peterson Theatres of Waverly Iowa in 1974 from Ray Klenski and Ray Huffman. For a small town theatre it was huge in size. In its early days it was used as a vaudeville theatre complete with an orchestra pit and dressing rooms under the stage. If you look at Lost Memories photo of the theatre you will notice that there was a scene drop at the rear of the building that was used in the vaudeville days. It also had cat walks for the stage hands. The Firemens was closed in the mid 80’s and sold to a local investor who completely renovated it to become a live performance theatre once again. One live performer was Jerry Reed. The Firemens was a victim of arson in the late 1980’s of which nobody was ever convicted.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 18, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Wonder if “TOWERING INFERNO” played there?

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