Empress Theater

410 Jackson Street,
Sioux City, IA 51101

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Empress Theater ... Sioux City Iowa

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Opened around 1915, in the 1920’s the Empress Theater was located on a busy city street among a bank, a wholesale druggists company and a number of miscellaneous businesses. It had a narrow vertical sign under which was a large circular sign that said "5¢" which possibly indicated five cents general admission.

The Empress Theater had gone from listings by 1926.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 30, 2014 at 8:10 pm

This item from the April 18, 1914, issue of The Moving Picture World was probably about the Empress Theatre:

“Sioux City, Ia. — Sealed proposals have been invited by John Biegger, care Colonial Theater, for the erection of the New Empress Theater and office building. Joseph Schwarz is the architect.”
The magazine was a bit late with its announcement. The March 30 issue of the Sioux City Journal had said that ground had been broken for the theater the previous day. It was to be a Sullivan & Considine vaudeville house, and Mr. Biegger expected to convert his Colonial Theatre into a movie house when the Empress opened.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 30, 2014 at 10:56 pm

An item in the April 18, 1914, issue of The American Contractor also concerns the Empress Theatre, and gives the address of the site as 410 Jackson Street. Because the addresses are so close, and could easily have been shifted, I’m wondering if the Empress was the same house as the Hollywood Theatre, which we have listed at 420 Jackson Street.

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