Strand Theatre

325 S. 2nd Street,
Clinton, IA 52732

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 15, 2014 at 5:19 pm

The July 6, 1912, issue of The Moving Picture World had this item about the house that became the Royal Theatre:


“DR. LANGAN, a local capitalist, is erecting an up-to-date office building at the corner of Second Street and Fourth Avenue. The lower floor will be used for a moving picture theater. The lessee has not announced himself to date.”

A later paragraph in the same item listed the movie theaters then in operation at Clinton. They were the Colonial, Airdome, Lyric, Casino, Bright Spot, and Superba. Another theater besides the Royal was about to begin construction, and was to be called the Amuse-U.

The Royal Theatre might have opened before the end of 1912, but the earliest mention of it by name I’ve found in TMPW is from November 15, 1913. The Royal was renamed the Strand in 1916, according to the web page that CSWalczak linked to earlier.

eagle451 on February 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

It was a dry cleaners before it became a studio. My Mom told me that I met Rex Allen there when I was 3 years old. I did not remember it until she told me years later.

CSWalczak on August 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

According to this webpage, this theater originally opened as the Royal.