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America's Classic Cinemas continues to travel across the county, collecting photos and memories of these places that have provided entertainment to so many people.  It is important to give these places an online presence in order to share them with both those who have fond memories, and those whom have never had the opportunity to visit them.  All images are the property of David Leonhardt  unless noted and cannot be used without permission.

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WATTS THEATRE

Address: 714 Main St, Osage IA

Opened: 1950

Architect: Charles Altfillisch

Website: www.wattstheatre.com

While travelling through Iowa, my wife and I visited the Watts Theatre.  Since the theater was not open at the time, we proceeded to photograph the exterior.  With its bold colors, sleek metalwork, and tower marquee, it is an impressive example of mid-century theater design.  To see it restored to its original splendor was an amazing thing.  I look forward to being able to return someday to see the rest of what is undoubtedly an amazing cinema!

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