Ingersoll Theatre

3711 Ingersoll Avenue,
Des Moines, IA 50312

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Ingersoll Theatre

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Opened October 1, 1939, it was designed in a Streamline-Moderne style. After closing as a movie theatre the Ingersoll Theatre was home to a dinner theatre which closed in 2004. It is now in use as a teenage party place.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 27, 2007 at 1:29 pm

Here are some additional photos. The dinner theater closed in 2004, and although there has been interest in reuse, nothing has happened yet:
http://tinyurl.com/2vbjzo
http://tinyurl.com/2sy5pc

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 19, 2008 at 8:23 pm

Tri-State Theaters announced construction plans in January 1938. The theater opening was planned for July of that year.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Here are some November 2009 articles about reuse of the Ingersoll:
http://tinyurl.com/y8m7tyo
http://tinyurl.com/ycb5327

beaslbob
beaslbob on March 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I worked there in 1964 as a usher.

With the little suit, paper dickey, and flashlight.

Got to know every line of the longest day, a walt disney file tomensina(spelling), a full length yogy bear animation, how the west was won and probaly others I would rather forget.

They also had Cleopatra for a long run months before the glitzy hollywood premier. All reserved seating for that one.

With the attendance even then I think it is amazing it stayed open for so long.

But fun days never the less.

BillyOK
BillyOK on January 31, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I lived in Des Moines in 1980-1981.

I’ve been tooling around the city via Google Street Maps. Came upon the Ingersoll Theater. It appears that it has been turned into some teen/young adult Party Palace? They mention 2 parties coming up. One on a Friday and the other on a Saturday.

The theater itself appears to be in good shape, at least from the outside. The map with the actual photography is from 2012, so not to long ago.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 28, 2015 at 1:47 pm

October 1st, 1939 grand opening ad in photo section.

uptownjen
uptownjen on January 23, 2016 at 9:47 pm

http://whotv.com/2015/10/12/former-ingersoll-dinner-theater-tops-list-of-des-moines-endangered-buildings/

bliddel
bliddel on February 3, 2016 at 12:46 pm

Going through some really old papers, I found my mother’s Social Security card and pay stubs from the TriState theater, which apparently became the Ingersoll. She apparently worked at Tri-State for about 18 months, in 1940 and 1941, before WW2, and made a whopping $1.98 (after two cents of retirement taxes), per week!

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on February 26, 2016 at 11:23 am

Architected by Wetherell & Harrison and decorated by the interior design division of the locally famous Younkers Dept. Store, this was the second Ingersoll Theatre in Des Moines. The first was built at the turn of the 19th Century and was part of an amusement park called Ingersoll Park. The second Ingersoll theatre had love seats and talkies beginning in October of 1939.

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