RKO Orpheum Theatre

412 Eighth Street,
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Empress Theatre, Des Moines in 1920

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Located at the intersection of Eighth Street and Locust Street.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Calmuse on October 9, 2007 at 6:00 am

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

Logan5 on June 2, 2009 at 11:52 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 on July 26, 2012 at 12:26 am

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

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