Call Theatre (II)

216 E. State Street,
Algona, IA 50511

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50sSNIPES on January 31, 2024 at 6:12 am

Corrections: The State Theatre opened “mostly” pictureless as it was primarily a special events house at the start. However, in portions of its first 12 months of operation, they did show a minimum amount of movies throughout much of 1936 and portions of 1937, but unfortunately it was never advertised on newspapers at all.

Shortly after the Call Opera House was destroyed in a massive fire, that’s when the State Theatre began showing first-run hits that originally came through the Call Opera House, before Norman Rice changed the State Theatre’s name to the Call Theatre.

It originally opened with 800 seats but was downgraded throughout time to 700.

  • NOTE: This was the second theater to be named the Call Theatre, so the page should name it “Call Theatre (II)”.