Photo from the Darren Snow collection
110 N Locust St|
|Record #7529 |
Capacity: 450 seats|
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Huston, Moderne|
Information for this tour was contributed by Darren Snow.
Known in its early days as the Princess, this theatre was called the Huston by the time it was sold to Iowans Elmer Burch and T.A. Spurgin on Feb. 20, 1937. A year later, the latter bought out the former, and he owned the theatre until 1957, when he sold it to Charles Lawson. However, Spurgin bought it back a year later. By this time, it was known as the Moderne, a name it was given in a contest judged by famed actor Wallace Beery (I don't know whether the theatre still looked like this at the time, or even if Beery had ever even seen it -- but the Princess-era photo above doesn't exactly scream "Moderne").
"Bonnie and Clyde" closed the theatre in 1968, and a year later the Eckard family reopened it. The Moderne finally closed for good in 1973.
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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 6/7/2016.