Berchel Theatre

311 4th Street,
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Berchel Theater

The Grand Theatre opened in 1907, replacing a Grand Opera House which burnt in March, 1906. It was renamed Berchel Theatre on August 27, 1911. The Berchel Theatre had 563 on the orchestra floor, 206 in the balcony, 342 in the gallery and 32 seats in boxes. Proprietors were Klaw & Erlanger and Stair & Havlin, New York Representatives.

It was demolished in October 1931.

Source: The Cahn-Leighton Official Theatrical Guide, v. 17, 1913

Contributed by Hank Zaletel

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dallasmovietheaters on February 21, 2016 at 4:37 am

William Foster opened as the Grand Theatre in 1907 which replaced the Grand Opera which burned in March of 1906. The Grand became the Berchel on August 27, 1911. Des Moines would get another Grand Theatre at Sixth and Grand in 1914. The Berchel was mostly a legit theater but played silent films as well. It closed for a major remodeling in Spring of 1925 and reopening in late Fall 1926. The theater never converted to sound though had some sound effect films toward the end of its run. It was torn down in October of 1931.

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