Grand Theatre

420 E. 6th Street,
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Grand Theater

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The Grand Theatre opened in 1914. It was on the southwest corner of East 6th Street and Grand Avenue. Cowboys and cartoons were it’s bread and butter. But it did run first run movies well after the second release. Ate lots of popcorn there, It was a basic theatre, with no balcony, a V-shaped marquee and no vertical sign.

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kencmcintyre on November 11, 2008 at 11:35 pm

Here is an article from the Cedar Rapids Gazette dated 11/30/53:

DES MOINES (AP)â€"Damage estimated at more than $80,000 resulted from a fire which gutted the Grand theater at East Sixth and Grand here Monday. Ten fire companies were called to fight the blaze which apparently started in the basement of the theater. No one was in the theater and occupants of apartments above the theater and an adjoining building escaped without injury. Fire Chief Charles Slade made a preliminary estimate of $75,000 to the theater itself. The operator of a cleaner’s shop in the theater building said damage there would approximate $8,000. Firemen fought the blaze for nearly two hours before seeing any flame. Most of the theater’s first floor dropped into the basement.

dallasmovietheaters on February 21, 2016 at 7:08 am

This was technically the third Grand in Des Moines preceded by the Grand Opera House that burned down in 1906 and was replaced by the Grand Theater which became the Berchel Theatre. This Grand opened in 1914. The Grand burned down just as the second twenty-year lease was expiring and business failing.

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