Fleur Cinema & Cafe

4545 Fleur Drive,
Des Moines, IA 50321

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Fleur Cinema & Cafe

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Originally opened November 25, 1970 by the Dubinsky Brothers as the Fleur Four Theatres. It was later taken over by by Carmike Cinemas as the Fleur 4 Theatres in 1992. It was closed by Carmike in 2001, but a short time later it was reopened as an independent. The lobby was converted to a cafe and the theatre given the new name, Fleur Cinema & Cafe. The theatre mostly plays art film and the theatre/cafe has proven quite successful.

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Logan5
Logan5 on May 22, 2009 at 11:06 pm

The Fleur 4 Theatre was open at least as early as the spring of 1974 as I remember seeing Disney’s “Superdad” there then.

Logan5
Logan5 on May 22, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Zip code is 50321 for what it’s worth.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 23, 2009 at 12:46 am

The Fleur Four Theatre was actually opened in 1970, and was originally operated by Dubinsky Brothers Theatres. The November 2, 1970, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that Irwin Dubinsky had spent the day of October 26 checking on the progress of the Fleur Four, and that the planned opening date was November 18. The new four-plex would have 1,250 seats.

The Dubinsky circuit, based in Lincoln, Nebraska, grew rapidly in the 1970s. They apparently operated the Fleur Four until the company was bought out by Chicago-based Excellence Theatres (formerly Essanass Theatres) in 1989. At the time of the sale, Dubinsky operated 127 screens. Carmike Cinemas took over management of Excellence Theatres in 1992.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 23, 2009 at 4:06 am

That should read “Esseness” rather than Essanass. My mind has been wandering into Beavis and Butthead territory again.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 13, 2010 at 6:38 am

Poor JV: it was actually Essaness. (I think I remembering reading somewhere that this was a name created by phonetically rendering “S & S” – the first letters of the original owners' last names).

A recent story, with video, about this cinema: http://www.kcci.com/r/24606787/detail.html

rivest266
rivest266 on July 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm

November 25th, 1970 grand opening ad has been uploaded here in the photo section.

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