Cotton Theatre

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Cotton Theater
Cotton Theater Cedar Falls IA pic1.JPG
Front of the theater
Cotton Theatre is located in Iowa
Cotton Theatre
Cotton Theatre is located in the US
Cotton Theatre
Location 103 Main St.
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Coordinates 42°32′14″N 92°26′42″W / 42.53722°N 92.44500°W / 42.53722; -92.44500Coordinates: 42°32′14″N 92°26′42″W / 42.53722°N 92.44500°W / 42.53722; -92.44500
Area Less than 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1910
Architect Alban and Fisher
Architectural style Renaissance
NRHP Reference # 93000764[1]
Added to NRHP July 23, 1993

The Cotton Theatre, also known as Regent Theatre and Oster Regent Theatre, is a theater located at the corner of 1st Street and Main Street in downtown Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States. It was named for local Cedar Falls resident Frank Cotton who built the theater in 1909 and 1910.

In its 1993 nomination to the National Register of Historic Places it was deemed "one of the best examples of commercial architecture on Cedar Falls' main street" and was then the only existing theatre there. It is in Italian Renaissance Style.[2]:9


The opening night of the Cotton Theatre was Thursday, June 23, 1910. On that night, The Rejuvenation of Aunt Mary, chosen from the May Robson Company, was shown. The original theater had seating for 1,000 patrons.

In 1918, the name was changed to Regent Theatre. In 1991 the Blair family along with the Beck Trust gave the theater to the Cedar Falls Community Theatre. In 1994, it was restored at a price of $1.2 million and was given the new name Oster Regent Theatre. The theater is still widely used today and seats 500 people.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Barbara Beving Long (April 1, 1993). "National Register of Historic Places Registration:" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved July 13, 2016.  with nine photos

Further reading[edit]

  • Silka, Wayne E. A History of the Cotton Theatre in Cedar Falls, Iowa, from 1910-1918. University of Northern Iowa, 1973.

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