Mahaska Theatre

115 S. Market Street,
Oskaloosa, IA 52577

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Previous Names: Orient Electric Theatre, Strand Theatre

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(Oskaloosa Post Herald, Thursday, August 1, 1907) WILL OPEN TONIGHT.

Orient Electric Theatre Will Give Initial Entertainment.

Oskaloosa can boast of a metropolitan electric theatre. Messrs. Tucker, Boweu and Struble have had the Commercial restaurant room converted to a theatre, and with the latest moving picture machine and films will open their new “Orient” theatre this evening to the public. A pretty lobby has been built with a nice little box office. Above the lobby is the machine room from where the pictures are thrown on the big screen to the rear of the room. The audience part of theatre is cool and roomy. At present chairs will be used, but later opera chairs will be put in place. The room will seat several hundred people.

To give their patrons the best of everything the proprietors have secured Ed Reid of Des Moines as operator of the large moving picture machine. Mr. Reid is experienced and has been connected with the Colonial Theatre at Des Moines for some time. The latest moving pictures and illustrated program will form the program at present, but if business warrants, vaudeville acts will be put on later. Several hundred dollars have been expended in establishing the theatre, and the patronage of the public is ‘deserved.

It was renamed Strand Theatre in 1920, and renamed Mahaska Theatre in 1940. It was destroyed by fire in 1957.

Contributed by Lou Rugani

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 18, 2012 at 9:47 am



The ZIP is correct and it will now map.


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