210 8th Street,
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Previously operated by: Orpheum Circuit
Firms: Rapp & Rapp
Previous Names: Majestic Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, Iowa Thetare, Garrick Theatre
The Majestic Theatre in Des Moines opened on November 17, 1907 and was designed by Rapp & Rapp. The building sat at 210 8th Street and was reportedly built at a cost of $125,000. By January 1908 it had been renamed Orpheum Theatre (not to be confused with the former Empress/Pantages/Sherman/RKO Orpheum Theatre at 412 8th Street).
The theatre was built as a vaudeville house but started showing movies in 1909. Seating consisted of the main floor, balcony, gallery and twelve proscenium boxes, six on each side. The theatre was later renamed the Garrick Theatre and then the President Theatre, and closed as a silent movie theatre around 1929. It was torn down in 1938.
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