Clarion Theatre

115 NE 1st Avenue,
Clarion, IA 50525

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Previously operated by: BigTime Cinema, Central States Theatres Corp, Fridley Theatres

Architects: Roland 'Tip' Goucher Harrison, Frank E. Wetherell

Firms: Wetherell & Harrison

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: New Clarion Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 515.602.6606

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Clarion Theatre

Opened on July 28, 1938 with Lewis Stone in “Love Finds Andy Hardy”. It was a single screen named the New Clarion Theatre, it had a seating capacity of 480. On December 2, 1982 it was gutted by fire.

It was rebuilt and reopened on June 22, 1984. It has since been converted to a two-screen operated by Fridley Theatres called the Clarion Theatre. Recently operated by Big Time Cinema it is now independently operated.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 27, 2008 at 1:41 am

Here’s a YouTube video featuring (starting about 2:30 in) a couple of shots of a former movie house in the Lyons district of Clinton, Iowa. I don’t think it’s listed at Cinema Treasures. Does anyone recognize it? I think it might currently be a tavern called Club 110, at 110 Main Avenue, but I’ve never been to Clinton so I can’t be sure. on December 29, 2009 at 9:46 pm

I’m pretty sure this is a mix-up with the Clarion Theatre in Clarion, IA.

Chris1982 on November 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

The Clarion Theatre is now independently operated and fully digital. It is operated by an all volunteer staff. website

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 18, 2016 at 4:09 am

The September 17, 1938, issue of Motion Picture Herald said that Central States Theatres had opened their new Clarion Theatre at Clarion. The $50,000 project had been designed by Des Moines architects Wetherell & Harrison.

Trolleyguy on April 13, 2016 at 9:25 am

Updated website link:

50sSNIPES on May 26, 2023 at 5:17 pm

The Clarion Theatre opened its doors on July 28, 1938 with Lewis Stone in “Love Finds Andy Hardy” along with a Captain and the Kids cartoon, a newsreel (featuring the behinds of “Wrong Way Atlantic Flyer”), and a sportlight (a fishing sportlight but was unnamed) and was first operated by Eagle Grove resident E.E. Morris (with it being managed by Larry Day).

On December 2, 1982, the Clarion Theatre was forced to close its doors for the season due to high heating bills and low attendance during the winter months. At the same time, the town’s scheduled showing of “An Officer And A Gentleman” at the Clarion Theatre was canceled due to Paramount’s printing issues and shipping delays. Unfortunately, the theater took a wrong turn, because later that same day, the Clarion Theatre was gutted by a fire.

The Clarion was rebuilt and reopened on June 22, 1984. At the time of the reopening, the management promised towngoers on bringing back some titles that didn’t pick up at the Clarion throughout the past year due to the fire.

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