139 S. Main Street,
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Arlee Theater (Official)
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Nashville Sound Opry
News About This Theater
- Oct 14, 2013 — Theaters continue to struggle with digital upgrade
- Mar 22, 2004 — Mason City's Arlee Theater Reopening This Week
The Arlee Theater opened on November 19, 1936 with Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers in “Swing Time”. It initially had 450 seats. It operated as a movie theater until 1984. It was later reopened as a country music venue called the Nashville Sound Opry, but this closed in 2001.
In 2003, the Arlee Theater was acquired by John and Gaye Maxson who reopened the theater at the end of March 2004 with a mix of live performances and family-friendly movies. Following re-seating in 2015, the seating capacity has been reduced to 350.
Thanks to John and Gaye Maxson and Charles Van Bibber for the information on this theater.
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