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Regent Theater (originally Cotton Theater)

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originally Cotton Theater
1909–1910. 103 Main St.

The Regent started out as a legitimate theater, with a large stage house, dressing rooms, and an auditorium that could accommodate 1,034 theatergoers. It was converted into a motion picture theater in the late teens, and the present Moderne neon and incandescent marquee and front were added around 1939. Next door is another 1930s remodel, Wong's Cafe, which with its curved window and glass brick beautifully sums up the commercial streamline Moderne of that decade. Both the cafe and the theater facades are sheathed in Vitrolite.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Regent Theater (originally Cotton Theater)", [Cedar Falls, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 358-358.

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