Camelot Theatre

1114 Sixth Street,
Nevada, IA 50201

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Camelot Theatre

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Opened in 1928 as the Circle Theater 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 theater 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

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teecee
teecee on March 1, 2005 at 8:09 am

Good photo at this link with nice commentary:
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JohnFaust
JohnFaust on March 13, 2005 at 4:42 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
mpash on February 10, 2006 at 10:07 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
bbanks on March 5, 2007 at 8:14 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
bbanks on March 5, 2007 at 8:18 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

DonLewis
DonLewis on April 23, 2010 at 12:02 am

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

atmos
atmos on May 4, 2013 at 6:06 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
Trolleyguy on May 4, 2013 at 8:12 am

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

clsloan1
clsloan1 on April 8, 2014 at 10:50 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.

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