Oster Regent Theatre

103 Main Street,
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

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Oster Regent Theatre

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Frank Cotton was the guiding force behind the construction and opening of the Cotton Theatre in 1910. In 1918, the name was changed to the Regent Theatre. In 1991, the theater building was given to the Cedar Falls Community Theatre (CFCT), which restored the building. The newly restored building was named the Oster Regent Theatre in 1994.

The CFCT stages about four shows per year in the theatre. Several traveling performances per year are booked at the Oster Regent Theatre, including a recent (October 2004) appearance by the von Trapp Family Singers.

Contributed by Jerilyn

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 31, 2006 at 12:33 pm

Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1993

Cotton Theater (added 1993 – Building – #93000764)
Also known as Regent Theater
103 Main St., Cedar Falls
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Alban and Fisher
Architectural Style: Renaissance
Area of Significance: Architecture
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Work In Progress

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 30, 2008 at 8:52 am

This is a night view of the Oster Regent.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 16, 2008 at 8:32 am

Here is an undated postcard view of the Cotton Theater.

jamarshall on February 16, 2009 at 11:24 am

The official website address of the theatre has changed to http://www.osterregent.org/

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 22, 2009 at 6:26 pm

This is another 1982 photo.

CSWalczak on June 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm

An article about the theater on the occasion of its centennial celebration: View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm

What great marquee “ARTHUR” any time i could slip into Cinema III after a hard day and catch a few minutes of that Dudley Moore Classic I was okay for another shift.

TLSLOEWS on June 24, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Nice marquee and 100 years old,pretty cool.

jamarshall on June 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm

The marquee is a little different now… I like that 1982 view, too. The current one is nice, too.

jamarshall on June 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm

By the way, I clicked on the Photos link that comes up if you hover your cursor over the street view photo, and some of the photos are NOT the Oster Regent Theatre. they are of the Black Hawk Hotel, another historic building that is just down the block from the Oster Regent. I’m not sure how those got in there!

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