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Merle Hay Mall Cinema

2004 Photo from The Evil Sam Graham collection.
3800 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines IA 50310

Record #1213  
 Opened: January 28, 1966
 Closed: December 16, 2014
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Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Plaza
 Previously operated by: Tri-State Theatres, ABC Midwest Theatres, Dubinsky Brothers

Information for this tour was contributed by The Evil Sam Graham.

Merle Hay is a single-screen monster house that would best be described as "cleverly hidden". It is wedged in between the Merle Hay Mall, an office tower, Sears, and a parking garage. They have no marquee to speak of and really no frontage exposure. There isn't even access from within the mall. But they do have the biggest screen in town with an 800-seat (or so) auditorium, and they're THX certified.

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December 2014 photos from The Evil Sam Graham collection.

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November 2014 photos from The Evil Sam Graham collection.

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July 2004 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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January 2004 photos from The Evil Sam Graham collection.

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Last featured 1/18/2005. Last edited 6/24/2023.

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