Hardacre Memories Project

If you would like to share your memories of the Hardacre Theater please leave a comment below.  Write as much or as little as you’d like!  We are especially interested in any recollections of what the theater looked like ‘back in the day’. Enter your name and email address if you’d like to be contacted by us.  These fields are optional if you wish to post an anonymous comment.

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  7 Replies to “Hardacre Memories Project”

  1. Deb Conant
    July 4, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I remember watching movies here as a child. Bud was the man with dark round glasses that would walk the aisles and keep the kids in line. I hope they keep the blue clock.

  2. Greg Brown
    July 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    The blue clock has been taken down and put away for safe keeping. The State Historical Museum in Des Moines has asked about borrowing it for their “Hollywood in the Heartland” exhibit!

  3. Nicki
    August 20, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I worked at the theater for 6ish years and loved it! After the show would get over we would have friends come in to help us clean. We would turn up the music and have dance parties on the stage! My time spent working there will always be some of my favorite memories.

  4. Douglas Cobb McDonald
    May 2, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Did my grandfather Forrest Cobb, Tipton Brick and Tile Co., build the Hardacre?

    • Brian Heil
      May 2, 2015 at 9:48 am

      According to the documentation we’ve been able to find (which isn’t much!) the contractor for the building was Western Construction Company of Iowa City. It’s entirely possible that the Tipton Brick and Tile Co, provided materials for the construction or worked on the building, but we have been unable to locate drawings or in fact much other information about the original construction.
      If you have some evidence that your grandfather was involved we’d be grateful to have it!

      • Douglas Cobb McDonald
        May 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

        Is there any evidence that he had it built and was the original owner, similar to the Cobb Block?

  5. February 19, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    The theater holds a lot of memories for me. My Uncle Bub (Francis) and Aunt Gerri Schilling owned it at one time. My mother Betty Morris and sister Dr Barbara Patrick worked there for Uncle Bub. Me I loved the movies and a couple times we got to see them before other people in town did. 🙂 One of my favorite memories is the ticket booth and candy/pop corn counter and just talking to people…even missed some movies when Uncle Bub had time to sit and chat.

    I heard about the donation for people to have chairs with there names and wanted to do it, but was out of town at that time. Would I be able to do this still? I would love to do it for Uncle Bub and Aunt Gerri…they really gave Tipton 100% with two businesses and all they did for the community.

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