Palace Theatre

110 S. Federal Avenue,
Mason City, IA 50401

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Previously operated by: Central States Theatres Corp, Paramount Pictures Inc.

Previous Names: Regent Theatre

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Regent Theatre, Mason City Iowa in 1914

Originally opened as the Regent Theatre in the early-1910’s, it was renamed Palace Theatre in the early-1920’s and was later owned and operated by A.H. Blank, a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures Inc. Seating was listed at 786.

This was one of seven theatres located in downtown Mason City. Central States Theatres took over ownership in the early-1930’s until the theatre closed in the mid-1980’s.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 13, 2009 at 11:33 pm

The obituary of John McKee Heffner was published in the April 7, 1956, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. In 1906 Mr. Heffner had opened the first movie theater in Mason City, the Bijou, on South Federal Avenue. After the Bijou closed, he became the manager of the Palace, which had originally been called the Regent Theatre.

kencmcintyre on June 27, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Here is a December 1956 ad from the Mason City Globe:

SethG on October 15, 2023 at 10:03 am

Needs to be changed to demolished. A stupid urban ‘renewal’ project destroyed about half of downtown and replaced it with a mall.

SethG on October 18, 2023 at 7:02 am

Constructed sometime between 1909 and 1915.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 18, 2023 at 4:56 pm

Regent was the name of one of the seven movie houses listed at Mason City in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory, but was one of only two listed without an address (the other was the Princess.)

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