Grand Theatre

410 E. Coolbaugh Street,
Red Oak, IA 51560

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Previously operated by: Fridley Theatres

Functions: Movies (Second Run)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 712.623.3169

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Grand Theatre

The Grand Theatre opened in 1935. For a period of time in the 1990’s it was operated by Associated Theatres. Fridley Theatres took over operations in 1998 and they operated the theatre until the late-2000’s, when a Non Profit Organization took control.

Contributed by Chuck

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 4, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I would hate to see what it looks like inside.A good Boris Karloff flick would be fine for that theatre,not “Peter Pan”.

Chris1982 on November 17, 2014 at 8:07 am

Opened in 1935 and currently operated by a non-profit corporation, which purchased the theatre in 2011. In November 2013 the building next door (to the right) was purchased to make room for an additional screen.

Trolleyguy on April 13, 2016 at 2:34 pm

Second run house according to its Facebook page. No website.

50sSNIPES on January 20, 2024 at 6:55 pm

The Grand Theatre was a replacement of another Grand Theatre (former the Beardsley Theatre) that was completely destroyed in a massive fire on April 12, 1932. It’ll have its own Cinema Treasures page soon.

The second Grand Theatre opened its doors on September 22, 1932 with the Marx Brothers in “Horsefeathers” (unknown if any short subjects were added), and was first managed by Carl Johnson. The theater originally housed 350 seats and featured sound installations of RCA Photophone. Carl was the one who chose the RCA section for sound as a “great deal” as he replied.

CinemaScope was installed on July 30, 1954 (with “The Robe”). The Grand Theatre was once operated by Fridley Theatres in the 1970s and 1980s, but later taken over by Associated Theatres in 1982, and went back to Fridley in December 1994.

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