Talent Factory

1114 6th Street,
Nevada, IA 50201

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Previously operated by: Fridley Theatres

Architects: Roland Harrison, Frank E. Wetherell

Firms: Wetherell & Harrison

Functions: Live Performances

Styles: Atmospheric

Previous Names: Circle Theatre, Camelot Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 515.382.0085

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Circle Theatre later Camelot Theatre

Opened October 17, 1928 as the Circle Theatre with 748 seats, the initial programming was photoplays and vaudeville. Later renamed Camelot Theatre, it was operated by Fridley Theatres chain and was a popular place to see second-run films.

Barely surviving as a discount house for decades, the theatre finally closed in March 2001, after a nearby multiplex lowered its ticket prices.

The Camelot Theatre reopened under new ownership in 2003 and showed first-run films. It seems to have closed by April 2013. It re-opened as a live performance venue known as the Talent Factory.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

JohnFaust on March 13, 2005 at 2:42 pm

This is so sad.

I managed the Camelot from January 1974 through 1978. It was
beautifully renovated / refurbished by Bob Fridley in 1969
(Before that it was indeed the Circle Theatre).

When I was there, the facade was a dark forest green. The interior
featured an atmospheric sky, lots of twinkling lights and the perimeter of the ceiling was edged by blue neon giving an effective night sky effect.

While I was there, the Camelot did have a first run of “Towering Inferno” that did outgross the nearby theaters in Ames for 4 weeks. (Unheard of for this discount house). But overall, the
theatre did only okay to poor business (with the exception of
Disney films).

It is too bad about this theatre … but it is the fate of so many single screen theaters — especially in small markets.

Nice photo by TC above!

mpash on February 10, 2006 at 8:07 am

This theater has reopened as an independent theater 2 to 3 years ago. It is operated by the owner of a local funeral home. I have gone to several movies there and it is nice. It still has the night sky ceiling. While it still has discount prices, often it has first run movies in the first few weeks of opening or sometimes even on the nationwide release date! Also, local variety shows and fundraisers are performed on it’s Opera house-style stage. It’s current phone number is 515-382-2281.

bbanks on March 5, 2007 at 6:14 pm

wow, this doesn’t get updated very often!! haha. The camelot theatre in Nevada Ia is alive and well, it’s been up and running for the past four years, my family and I recently purchased the theatre and took possesion on december 1st of 06. we plan to keep it a theatre as long as we have the support of the community. It has right around 470 seats.

bbanks on March 5, 2007 at 6:18 pm

for a few pictures of the camelot i’ve taken since purchasing, you can even check show times!! haha go to www.myspace.com/bjbanks78

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on April 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm

From the 1940s a photo of the Circle Theater before it became the Camelot.

atmos on May 4, 2013 at 4:06 am

The register of historic places states this theatre opened on 17 Oct 1928 and the architects were,Wetherell and Harrison,from Des Moines.

Trolleyguy on May 4, 2013 at 6:12 am

This place seems to be closed. The website link takes you to a Facebook page with no listings. The phone is disconnected.

clsloan1 on April 8, 2014 at 8:50 am

We no longer show movies at the Camelot. The theater is now the home of The Talent Factory where we have live performances. The big screen and projector are still in working condition at the theater, but the cost is prohibitive as far as showing movies. Our website is www.iowatalentfactory.com if you would like to see what we are doing inside of this majestic, historical building.

robboehm on March 4, 2016 at 8:17 am

Saw an interesting piece on Facebook. During a recent renovation they came upon a wallet that had been lodged in the floorboards. They figured it was there from 1944. Through some detective work they located the owner who was a teen at that time.

DavidZornig on March 13, 2016 at 7:41 pm

Here’s the link to the piece robboehm mentioned above.


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