Oster Regent Theatre

posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Oster Regent Theatre

The Cedar Valley possesses some of the richest heritage in Iowa when it comes to live theatre. A large part of that heritage is the Oster Regent Theatre, one of the oldest theatres in the state, and the Cedar Falls Community Theatre (CFCT). Together they produce some of the finest plays in the state.

Originally known as the Cotton Theatre, the Oster Regent Theatre was built in 1910 by Frank Cotton. Realizing a dream, Cotton built the theatrical performance hall on Main Street, bringing national traveling road shows here to put on their live performances. The national tours started to slack off and after changing hands a few times it became a movie theatre. Because of this, the name was changed to the Regent Theatre in 1918.

Merle Blair bought the Regent in 1921 and the Blair family continued to own it until 1990 when they gifted it to the CFCT. The CFCT board of directors went through a two-year fund-raising process to restore the old theatre. Another two years of renovation followed. The CFCT was then able to transition from part-time productions at Holmes Junior High to moving into their own building and producing five shows a year. Evening shows are at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees are at 2 pm. Here is their 2023/2024 season:

Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame: June 9,10,11 & 16,17,18

Fame the Musical Jr: August 3,4,5,6

Noises Off: October 6,7,8 & 13,14,15

Harry Connick Jr's The Happy Elf: December 1,2,3 & 8,9,10

The Book Club Play: February (2024) 2,3,4 & 9,10,11

The Rat Pack Lounge: March (2024) 15,16,17 & 22,23,24

When not producing a play, the Oster Regent hosts a multitude of traveling productions, shows, and movies on the big screen. There are also rooms used and rented out for assorted events like parties, meetings, and other gatherings. For more information, visit their website at https://www.mycfct.org/ or call 277-5283. Tickets are available starting on May 8th, 2023!

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