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“Community Cultural Theater in Iowa City”

The Englert Theater
Ranked #6 of 30 things to do in Iowa City
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

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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Reviewed February 28, 2013

What do you do with a moldy old theater that can't bring in the crowds anymore? .... sic the old ladies on them. It should have gone the way of the pterodactyl, but the old ladies got on their high horses and "preserved" what perhaps should have gone to fallow.... forever. It's too small for big name artists, but too big for local yokels, so there it sits. The sign all reburb'd. Blinking to college students who don't give a hoot about who's playing there for the old ladies.

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Went for a concert. There is no "WOW" factor in this theatre although it's very nicely decorated. Holds about 550 people which is a very nice size. We sat in the last row of seats but we had a great view of the stage and the sound was awesome! The seats were also very comfortable. Would definitely go back.

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

We have enjoyed several concerts here. The sound is great and no seats are that far away. Though if you sit in the rear seats of the balcony you might want some binoculars in order to see the faces of the performers. Plenty of fine places to eat nearby.

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

I've been here many times for concerts in Downtown Iowa City and this is a great place for a show. The fact that wine and beer are also served just adds to the charm. Dinner plus a concert at the Englert is a recipe for a good time in IC.

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