Pella Cinemas

708 Main Street,
Pella, IA 50219

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Previously operated by: Central States Theatres Corp

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 641.621.0329

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Pella Cinemas

This new theatre is a little different from most theatres and is in town that’s a little different than most towns. I went to Central College in this town so I know something about the town.

The town was settled by 800 immigrants from the Netherlands in 1847. The name Pella means “city of refuge”. The town still has a very strong Dutch heritage and has a big tulip time festival each spring.

Pella has spent $25 million on it’s downtown by building a windmill and giving it’s buildings Dutch-style architecture to it’s storefronts and new buildings, so that it has an old world charm. The Molengracht (“mill canal”) is a replica of an authentic Netherlands canal with a working drawbridge.

The Pella Cinemas, of course has a Dutch design to it. It opened on December 28, 2000 with 200-seats in each of its three auditoriums. It was originally operated by Centra States Theatres Corp. Later operated by independent Dream Star Cinemas, it has stadium-style seating and Digital Surround Sound. What other theatre do you know that has a Molengracht that runs in front of it?

Contributed by Bob "VANDER" Jensen

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50sSNIPES on September 9, 2023 at 5:54 pm

The Pella Cinemas opened its doors on December 28, 2000 with “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” at Screen 1, “What Woman Want” at Screen 2, and “Rugrats In Paris” at Screen 3, featuring a total capacity of 600 seats (with 200 seats in each auditorium). It is first operated by the Central States Theatres Corporation, but was now independently operated.

The Pella Cinemas caused the closure of the longtime first-run Holland Theatre downtown which closed on January 1, 2001.

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