Built in 1912 amidst prosperous economic times, the Englert Theater building still stands today with a lighted marquis in front. I have enjoyed numerous productions here over the years, including attending movies at the Englert Theater as a kid back in the late 1960's when it was one large theater, then in the late 70's after it was divided into 2 smaller theaters. However at this time, It had lost a little of its former pizazz. In later years, something wonderful happened to this original theater building.
After it was put up for sale in 1999, this historic theater building in downtown Iowa City was refurbished and brought to life about 10 years ago by concerned citizens and businesses A massive community renovation project occurred and it reopened in 2004 to its former style of architecture and grandeur. It now serves as a large showplace for community arts productions, local musical talent, Univ of Iowa productions and lectures, and well known regional/national artists and theater productions. Great venue at a fair price, with only a few paid staff assisted by numerous volunteers at every performance. Audiences of all ages. Includes an art gallery on second floor of theater. Support the effort through the Friends of the Englert. I volunteer here and financially support this very worthy community cause.
Read more about the box office, current performances, and history of The Englert Theater at this link. http://www.englert.org/blocks.php?page=history
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