Cameo Theaters

409 Nebraska Street,
Sioux City, IA 51101

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The Cameo Theater was opened around 1906. It was twnned on August 6, 1969 and operated into the late-1980’s.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 25, 2015 at 10:56 pm

This house might have been twinned in its later years. A “25 years ago” feature in the May 5, 2013, issue of the Sioux City Journal said that the owner of the Cameo Theaters were temporarily closed and the owner was trying to decide whether to dispose of or continue operating the house, which had suffered water damage. The headline and brief article used the plural “theaters” three times, so it wasn’t just a typo.

It’s also possible that the Cameo opened in the 1910s. A brochure for a walking tour of central downtown Sioux City says that the Cameo Theatre was in a building erected in 1901-1902 as an annex to the Martin Department Store, the main building of which was on 4th Street. The store moved to an entirely new building in 1916 and its old buildings were then converted for other uses. The brochure doesn’t say when the theater opened, only that it was in the former department store annex, so it’s possible that it was installed there in 1916, maybe originally operating under a different name.

The original 1901 facade, designed in the Beaux Arts style by architect Henry Fisher, is still largely intact, but the building doesn’t show any signs of having once housed a theater.

rivest266 on October 13, 2017 at 2:23 pm

This opened on August 6th, 1969 with two screens. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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