Fleur Cinema & Café

4545 Fleur Drive,
Des Moines, IA 50321

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Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas, Dubinsky Brothers, Essaness Theaters Corp.

Previous Names: Fleur Four Theatres, Fleur 4 Theatres

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 515.287.4545

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Fleur Cinema & Cafe

Originally opened November 25, 1970 by the Dubinsky Brothers as the Fleur Four Theatres. It was later taken over by by Carmike Cinemas as the Fleur 4 Theatres in 1992. It was closed by Carmike in 2001, but a short time later on October 26, 2001 reopened as an independent. The lobby was converted to a café and the theatre given the new name, Fleur Cinema & Café. The theatre mostly plays art film and the theatre/café has proven quite successful.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 22, 2009 at 4:46 pm

The Fleur Four Theatre was actually opened in 1970, and was originally operated by Dubinsky Brothers Theatres. The November 2, 1970, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that Irwin Dubinsky had spent the day of October 26 checking on the progress of the Fleur Four, and that the planned opening date was November 18. The new four-plex would have 1,250 seats.

The Dubinsky circuit, based in Lincoln, Nebraska, grew rapidly in the 1970s. They apparently operated the Fleur Four until the company was bought out by Chicago-based Excellence Theatres (formerly Essanass Theatres) in 1989. At the time of the sale, Dubinsky operated 127 screens. Carmike Cinemas took over management of Excellence Theatres in 1992.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 22, 2009 at 8:06 pm

That should read “Esseness” rather than Essanass. My mind has been wandering into Beavis and Butthead territory again.

CSWalczak on August 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Poor JV: it was actually Essaness. (I think I remembering reading somewhere that this was a name created by phonetically rendering “S & S” – the first letters of the original owners' last names).

A recent story, with video, about this cinema: http://www.kcci.com/r/24606787/detail.html

rivest266 on July 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm

November 25th, 1970 grand opening ad has been uploaded here in the photo section.

rivest266 on December 1, 2015 at 2:56 am

December 14th, 2001 grand opening ad in photo section.

CJ1949 on May 31, 2016 at 10:42 am

the opening may have to be double-checked. An article in the Des Moines Register on Oct. 26, 2001 says “opening today”

rivest266 on June 12, 2016 at 10:30 am

October 26th, 2001 grand reopening ad in photo section.

MSC77 on December 31, 2021 at 11:22 am

Here’s a new 4-page 50th anniversary FIDDLER ON THE ROOF retrospective featuring a roadshow playdate chronology and historian Q&A. The Fleur’s lengthy run is mentioned in the piece.

Logan5 on June 13, 2022 at 9:55 pm

“The Rocketeer” was presented at the Fleur 4 (Auditorium #4?) beginning on the film’s nationwide release date, Friday June 21, 1991.

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