Arlee Theater

139 S. Main Street,
Mason City, IL 62264

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Arlee Theater

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The Arlee Theater opened in 1936, and seats about 450. It operated as a movie theater until 1984. It was later reopened as a country music venue called the Nashville Sound Opry, but this closed in 2001.

In 2003, the Arlee was acquired by John and Gaye Maxson who plan on reopening the theater at the end of March 2004 with a mix of live performances and family-friendly movies.

Thanks to John and Gaye Maxson and Charles Van Bibber for the information on this theater.

Contributed by Bryan

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

dpaap
dpaap on November 12, 2004 at 6:13 am

The theater is now open and is showing “family friendly” movies. Come and experience what a real big screen movie event is all about.

Patsy
Patsy on April 10, 2005 at 6:36 pm

I just met a gal who grew up in Mason City. She told me about this theatre and was so pleased to learn of it’s restoration and grand reopening!

CRG
CRG on March 9, 2007 at 7:59 pm

I absolutely love this theater. I am particularly pleased that every movie shown is family friendly, unlike my local theater. Makes a perfect date night, even spur of the moment!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 12, 2008 at 11:02 am

This is the Arlee in 2001 when it was the Nashville Sound Country Opry.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Here are two 1982 photos:

Photo1

Photo2

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on November 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm

According to the website, the theater will close down in December 2013 in order to install digital projection equipment.

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