Empress Theatre

410 Main Street,
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

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The Empress Theatre opened in 1910 and closed in 1929. Was never a talkie, just a silent house.

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kencmcintyre on June 15, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Here is a news item from the Cedar Falls Record in August 1914:

janetmercurio on September 7, 2017 at 9:08 pm

My grandfather worked as a projectionist at the Empress when he was a teenager in the 1910’s. I was unable to read the article above about the change of ownership, so if you, Ken, can transcribe it here as a comment, please, I’d really appreciate it. And I’ll add details of what my grandfather said about working at the Empress when I get a chance. He worked there and at a theater that his father bought and ran, also in Cedar Falls, I believe. His cousins also owned and operated theaters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Nice to have found this website. Thank you for creating and maintaining it!

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