Early Monett recreation revealed for historical society

Saturday, September 2, 2017
Gordon Brown, executive director of the Monett Area YMCA, presented a program on recreation in early Monett for the Monett Historical Society. He reported on archived research from prior to the mid-1920s, such as the presence of the Air Dome Theater, an outdoor movie house located on the southwest corner of Fifth and Broadway. It subsequently became the Bijou Theater, probably had a canvas cover put over it, and was bought out in 1912 by Monett’s first movie theater, the Dreamland, then combined in the location that now houses the Monett Times. The Gem Theater started in 1912 in the Martin Hotel and became the Rialto in 1920. Brown found oddities, like the Methodist Church at Cale and Fourth Street was built on the location of an indoor swimming pool, which became the church basement. The V.B. Hall house at Third and Cleveland had been Bower’s Pleasure Resort in 1912 with its own swimming pool. Monett’s original YMCA at Sixth and Front cost $4,000 to built, and the first city swimming pool at the city park cost $5,500 in 1926. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com

Gordon Brown, executive director of the Monett Area YMCA, presented a program on recreation in early Monett for the Monett Historical Society.