Ingersoll Theatre

3711 Ingersoll Avenue,
Des Moines, IA 50312

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Ingersoll Theatre

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The 1940s-era Streamline Moderne Ingersoll Theatre was most recently home to a dinner theater which has since closed. Further information on the Ingersoll would be appreciated.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Calmuse
Calmuse on September 26, 2007 at 2:50 pm

It’s good you shared that photo, Lost Memory. I haven’t lived in Des Moines for a long time, but I read somewhere there’s talk of the entire block being demolished.

Toward the end of it’s run as a cinema, the Ingersoll was an art house—some first-run films, some revivals. I saw a Bergman film or two there—can’t recall which. Also “Elvira Madigan” and Joseph Losey’s 1975 biopic of Galileo, based on the Bertolt Brecht play.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 27, 2007 at 10:29 am

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 5:23 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 4:26 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 10:44 am

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 12:46 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.

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