East Gate 1 & 2 Theatres

1550 E. Euclid Avenue,
Des Moines, IA 50313

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Previously operated by: Dubinsky Brothers, General Cinema Corp.

Previous Names: Cinemas I & II

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East Gate 1 & 2 Theatres

The Cinemas I & II was a twin-screen theater located in the Eastgate Shopping Center in Des Moines, Iowa. The actual legal address was 1558 E. Euclid Avenue.

General Cinema opened it on October 27 1966 with Don O'Kelly in “The Hostage” playing on both screens. As the Cinemas I & II it was billed as "Iowa’s only Twin Theatre" (On November 26, 1969 a third theatre was added in the mall named Eastgate Cinema III which operated as an adult movie theatre and has its own page on Cinema Treasures).

The Eastgate I & II was closed in 1989 (the East Gate III continued to operate as an adult theatre and closed in November 2004). The building was demolished circa 2005 and it appears that hardly a trace of the theatre can be found on the site - an empty lot behind the Iowa Health Physicians & Clinics Walk-In Urgent Care Clinic - as of June 2009.

Contributed by Edward Cook

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

Century6 on January 2, 2010 at 1:15 am

The Eastgate I & II was owned by Dubinsky Bros during the 80s and was a second-run theatre. Eastgate III was a separate theatre (located in the same strip mall) which showed adult movies.

rivest266 on July 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm

This was opened by General Cinemas* on October 26th, 1966. Dubinsky must has taken it over shortly after.

  • typical General Cinema ad design.
rivest266 on July 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Also uploaded the Cinema III grand opening ad from November 26th, 1969. It had separate management from the other two screens.

JJ on December 13, 2014 at 4:51 pm

I worked there in 1969 as an usher during high school. The Davis family that owned the place were very nice people & treated their employees well.

Troy_Young on August 1, 2017 at 4:13 am

Troy Young here. Best job ever for a teen. We had so much fun! Worked there 88-89. Graduated East Highschool same time. Anyone out there remember our group. Tyler was the Leader!

50sSNIPES on August 10, 2022 at 5:24 pm

Both Eastgate I & II and Eastgate III were separated theaters.

General Cinema opened the Eastgate Cinemas I & II on October 27, 1966 with Don O'Kelly in “The Hostage” (with short subjects added) shown in both screens.

On November 26, 1969, Eastgate III opened its gates as an adult theater, with it being located separately away from the I & II.

During the afternoon hours on May 5, 1982, a male teenager entered the Eastgate III, approached to one of the theater’s employees and pointed a gun in front of his face. He then stole $200 out of the cashier and ran. The suspect was identified as 18-year-old Thomas C. Bell of Des Moines.

The Eastgate I & II closed for the final time in late 1989, leaving the Eastgate III running, and yes, still as an adult theater. This lasted for a decade-and-a-half, but there were incidents in its last couple years of operation. Developers sued the owners of the Eastgate III in November 2001 over its activities stymie efforts to lure big stores at the site. Its terms and leases have been filed at previous days beforehand in Polk County court.

In October 2003, an overman blamed owners of the Eastgate III, saying that he wants to shut the theater down. But exactly a year and a month later, the theater finally had its chance to close for the final time in late November 2004.

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