Garden Theater

615 Locust Street,
Des Moines, IA 50309

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The Garden Theater sat on the north side of Locust Street, directly facing the Strand Theater. It had no balcony and was rather plain. It ran mostly second-run releases and B movies, but not too many oaters.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2010 at 7:46 am

This web page about Des Moines architect Norman T. Vorse says that he designed the Garden Theatre, among others. As the Garden was in operation before 1919, when Vorse merged his practice with that of the Kraetsch Brothers, this was one of his solo projects.

Chris1982 on November 13, 2014 at 2:46 am

The Garden Theatre, at 615 Locust, was one of the more attractive showplaces downtown, and had a long run, surviving floods and the Depression, from 1917 through 1951. As with the RKO Orpheum’s later transformation into the Galaxy, it was thought that a modern name change might keep patrons away from their new televisions, but the new monicker Rocket must not have worked well—it lasted about a year until the theater closed forever in 1952.

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