Max Theatres

338 9th Street,
Sibley, IA 51249

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Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Port's Opera House, Royal Theatre, Max Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 712.754.2672

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Max Theatres

Opened in 1917 as the Port’s Opera House by Mr. Dixon. In 1919 it became the Royal Theatre. Sound was installed in the Royal Theatre in 1929. The theatre was purchased by R.C. Max during 1941. Sometime in 1951 it was renamed the Max Theatre. During the Farm Crisis in 1987 the prices for admission was .99. The theatre went through a remodel sometime during 1995 and a second screen was added along with other amneities.

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DavidZornig on August 24, 2019 at 8:05 pm

Three 2019 photos & description credit Kerry Ray Carman.

“I find old movie theaters the most challenging to get inside, so we were glad to see the Max Theater in Sibley, Iowa was accessible. Opened in 1917 as the Royal Theater and was first in the area to offer A/C. The original name is found throughout, such as the "R” in the original floor tile, the original box office with the plaque from RCA Sound on it. You can find the original pictures, lights and the projection room door and ceiling and walls is lined with tin still (was told that film burns easily and tin was to keep the fire contained). Great visit!"

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