President Theatre

210 Eighth Street,
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Majestic Theatre..Des Moines Iowa

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The Majestic Theatre in Des Moines opened on November 17, 1907 and was designed by Rapp & Rapp. The building sat at 210 Eighth Street and was reportedly built at a cost of $125,000.

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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 24, 2007 at 9:57 am

This website claims that the Iowa Barn Dance Frolic was broadcast from the President Theater in 1932.

DonLewis on July 11, 2010 at 1:24 pm

From Des Moines in the early 1900s a view of the MajesticTheatre before it became the Garrick or President.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 10, 2014 at 10:04 am

The Majestic Theatre is listed in the 1928 Film Daily Yearbook with 1,400 seats. The President Theatre is listed in the 1929 edition, but no seating is given. In 1930, neither theatre name is listed.

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