RKO Orpheum Theatre

412 8th Street,
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Empress Theatre, Des Moines in 1920

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Located at the intersection of 8th Street and Locust Street. The Empress Theatre was opened in 1908. In 1921 it was renamed Pantages Theatre and in 1922 it became the Sherman Theatre. In 1933 it became the RKO Orpheum Theatre.

In 1966 it was renamed Galaxy Theatre.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Calmuse
Calmuse on October 8, 2007 at 10:00 pm

Toward the end of its run, this was also known as the Galaxy Theatre.

Logan5
Logan5 on June 2, 2009 at 3:52 pm

According to Mark Heggen’s excellent website “Lost Cinemas Of Greater Des Moines” (http://lostcines.blogspot.com/2006_02_01_archive.html), the Galaxy began as the Empress in 1908, becoming the Pantages in 1921, the Sherman in 1922, the RKO Orpheum in 1933 (not to be confused with the other Orpheum further down the street at 210-8th), and finally as the Galaxy in 1966.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Galaxy Showcase grand opening ad from October 8th, 1965 has been uploaded here.

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