World’s Oldest Continuously Operating Theater Is Right Here, In Iowa
I don't remember the first time I ever set foot in a movie theater, but I know that every time I do, it is still a magical feeling... or is that gum under the seat? Anyway...
You would think that the title of World's Oldest Continuously Operating Movie Theater would be bestowed on some grand movie palace in Europe, or maybe New York, or Chicago. But, the honor belongs to the State Theater in Washington, Iowa, just 90 minutes west of the Quad Cities.
According to the folks at Preservation Iowa, the State Theater, which began life as The Graham Opera House, has been up and running since May of 1897. The theater's pedigree as world's oldest continuously running was recently certified by the Guinness Book of Records.
It might be time for a movie road trip soon.