Clarion Theatre

115 NE 1st Avenue,
Clarion, IA 50525

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Previously operated by: BigTime Cinema, Central States Theatres Corp , Fridley Theatres

Architects: Roland Harrison, Frank E. Wetherell

Firms: Wetherell & Harrison

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: New Clarion Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 515.602.6606

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Clarion Theatre

Opened in 1938 as a single screen named the New Clarion Theatre, it had a seating capacity of 480. It has since been converted to a two screen operated by Fridley Theatres called the Clarion Theatre. Recently operated by Big Time Cinema it is now independently operated.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 27, 2008 at 1:41 am

Here’s a YouTube video featuring (starting about 2:30 in) a couple of shots of a former movie house in the Lyons district of Clinton, Iowa. I don’t think it’s listed at Cinema Treasures. Does anyone recognize it? I think it might currently be a tavern called Club 110, at 110 Main Avenue, but I’ve never been to Clinton so I can’t be sure. on December 29, 2009 at 9:46 pm

I’m pretty sure this is a mix-up with the Clarion Theatre in Clarion, IA.

Chris1982 on November 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

The Clarion Theatre is now independently operated and fully digital. It is operated by an all volunteer staff. website

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 18, 2016 at 4:09 am

The September 17, 1938, issue of Motion Picture Herald said that Central States Theatres had opened their new Clarion Theatre at Clarion. The $50,000 project had been designed by Des Moines architects Wetherell & Harrison.

Trolleyguy on April 13, 2016 at 9:25 am

Updated website link:

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