Cresco Theatre & Opera House

115 2nd Avenue West,
Cresco, IA 52136

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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.

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