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 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 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:

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 on February 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Here are some November 2009 articles about reuse of the Ingersoll:

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 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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