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Historic Malek Theatre - Independence, Iowa

Added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 21, 2009. They are trying to restore it.

The Malek Theater opened in 1947 on land previously occupied by the Grand Theater, and was constructed in the still popular style of the age Art Deco. The Malek Theater was part of what was known as the Gedney Block, which contained a theater and a grand hotel called the Gedney Hotel, which was a getaway for wealthy patrons who came from larger cities to gamble at a local carriage-horse race park named the Allerton-Axtel Barn.

In its prime, the Malek Theater was considered a performance theater, not a movie house. But in 1985, the managers decided that business could be improved if the theater was split into a 300-seat twinned theater instead of the original large 1,200-seat auditorium. The Malek Theater switched to a movies-only format and suffered. The results were so disastrous they prompted a legal dispute and great dissappointment for the theater’s patrons.

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