Cresco Theatre & Opera House

115 2nd Avenue West,
Cresco, IA 52136

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Cresco Theatre & Opera House

The present Cresco Theatre was built in 1915 and called the Cresco Opera House. It was where the travelling shows stopped to put on their performances between 1914 and the 1920’s.

The Opera House has been fully restored including a chandelier in the lobby and unique decorative plaster work. Residents can attend daily movies at 7:30pm Monday thru Thursday and 7:00 and 9:00pm on week ends. Matinees when warranted. They also have live performances put on by the Cresco Community Theatre.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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kencmcintyre on May 14, 2006 at 9:53 am

Here is the registry information:

Cresco Opera House (added 1981 – Building – #81000245)
Also known as Cresco Theater
115 W. 2nd Ave., Cresco
Historic Significance: Event
Area of Significance: Social History
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Owner: Local Gov’t
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 2, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Multiple items in construction journals in 1914 indicate that the Cresco Opera House was designed and built by a St. Paul firm called Monarch Theater Construction & Supply Co.

So far I’ve been able to find three other theater projects involving the same firm, all from 1914. One was the Auditorium Theatre in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The others were in Montevideo and Willmar, Minnesota. I’ve been unable to establish the identity of either so far, though the Montevideo house was probably called the Star.

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