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Princess Theatre (85-00990)

Also known as: 012, Capitol Theater

115 Main St
Ames IA 50010

History and Architecture

Construction date

circa 1960

Historic function(s)

Commerce/trade/business
Recreation and culture/theater/movie theater

Current function(s)

Commerce/trade/business
Commerce/trade/restaurant

Architectural classification(s)

Roof form: flat

Evaluation Under National Register Criteria

National Register status

Not listed

Narrative(s)

Does not retain key character-defining features of its property type or convey its significant historic entertainment associations.

This one-story building has four façade bay, defined by three single windows and a recessed entrance door at the east end. A painted brick parapet, a non-historic awning, and horizontal siding characterize the facade.

The 1911 Sanborn map indicates a moving pictures theater with stage and scenery “from plans.” After Joe Gerbracht returned from the Marine Corps during World War I, he purchased the Princess Theater and renamed it - The Capitol. A c1956 photograph of the Capitol Theater indicates a new marquee and stone cladding over the façade. Also of note, is the “for sale” signage on the signboard beneath the marquee. The Capitol Theater closed in the 1950s. The building is currently operated as a bar and shows no resemblance to its original use as a movie theater.