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Forum IV Theatres

2004 Photo from the Adam Martin collection
4080 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines IA 50310

Record #1212  
 Opened: December 18, 1974
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Current Use: Retail
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas

Information for this tour was contributed by Ed Cook.

The interior space (auditoriums) of the theatre complex has been gutted for the current retail space (Hobby Lobby), but inside the atrium you can still see the skylight windows over the area where the box office and concession stands once stood.

Outside the south entrance (under the HOBBY LOBBY sign) you can see where stucco/plaster work has been done to cover over where the cabinet enclosure for movie posters was. Apart from that wall, most of the building seems to be metal. The two sets of glass double-doors at the south and east entrances of the building are intact and appear to be original.

Polk County tax records show the building (4080 Merle Hay Road) as being built in 1973 and remodeled in 1999 (which must have been when it was converted to present retail space). Incidentally, it seems the SILVER CINEMAS 10 THEATRES opened right next door (6000 Aurora Ave., Urbandale, IA 50322) at about the same time (1999) the Forum was closed. The Silver Cinemas 10-plex has since closed as well.

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August 2011 photos from the Ed Cook collection.

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July 2004 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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December 1974 advertisement from the Ed Cook collection.

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Last featured 3/5/2005. Last edited 7/31/2014.

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