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Property Name Hardacre Theater
Reference Number 15000951
State Iowa
County Cedar
Town Tipton
Street Address 112 E. 5th Street
Multiple Property Submission Name Historic Movie Theaters of Iowa
Status Listed 1/5/2016
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The Hardacre Theater in Tipton, Iowa, is locally significant and eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criteria A and C. Under Criterion A, the Hardacre Theater is significant for its historic entertainment associations and with the social history of the Tipton community. Through its long service as Tipton's entertainment venue, the Hardacre Theater has functioned as an opera house, movie theater, and community assembly hall. From road shows, to silent films, to sound motion pictures, the Hardacre Theater reflects the development of movie theaters in Iowa from 1916 to 1965. The theater was owned and operated for two decades during its period of significance by Beulah I. DeNune, an important example of the role women continued to play in small town and rural motion picture theaters long after the Hollywood Studio system evicted all but men from picture palace management. DeNune was responsible for bringing the Hardacre Theater into the modern age with sound motion pictures, air conditioning, and an Art Deco/Streamline Moderne interior styling, many features of which are extant. The small town venue also functioned as a community center, where residents of Tipton and its neighboring farm community gathered for social, civic, celebratory, patriotic, and commemorative events.

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