701 E. Washington Street,
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The $35,000 Armory Theatre in Clarinda was a hub for live entertainment, films in the silent and soul era, and events ranging from patriotic speeches to funeral services. The vaudeville route was just a stop away from St. Joe on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad allowing for good quality acts. But films became the main draw. The theatre got a $13,000 facelift in 1913 to better accommodate film presentations, It converted to sound to stay relevant. It was still open in 1936.
In 1937 it was renamed Clarinda Theatre. It was destroyed in an arson attack caused by a 17 years old boy in July 1971.
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