Wonderland Theatre

322 9th Street,
Sheldon, IA 51201

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Wonderland Theatre

The Wonderland Theatre was opened by July 1908. It appears on the 1909 map, in the eastern storefront of the original section of the H.C. Lane building, which was constructed in 1901. It was originally intended to be a department store, although this may never have taken place. Still open in 1915, the Wonderland Theatre was not a success, and the 1918 map shows musical instruments being sold here.

The building today is in decent shape, although the entire structure has been disfigured with an ugly 1970’s storefront. This section seems to be a storefront church.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 18, 2024 at 4:46 pm

The Wonderland Theatre of Sheldon, Iowa, is mentioned in the July 11, 1908 issue of Moving Picture World:

“Sheldon, Ia.-The managers of Wonderland have had crowded houses all the week, due to their billing the town that a former well-known resident was a leading character in the ‘Blue Bonnet.’ Sure enough, the audience recognized and cheered as Mrs. E. M. Stringfield was recognized as the kind-hearted mother in this beautiful picture story of the good work of the Salvation Army.”

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