Past performance of “Macbeth” at Riverside Theatre. The community theater will relocate to the Ped Mall area in downtown Iowa City. Photo: Riverside Theatre
Iowa City’s Riverside Theatre will have a new home. It’s in the historic Crescent Building on the Ped Mall in downtown Iowa City. The location, which is being renovated by the Tailwind Group, will house a 150-seat performance space designed by Iowa City-based Neumann Monson Architects.
Riverside Theatre was created 40 years ago and previously occupied a building on Gilbert Street for more than 30 years. The new location will allow the organization to offer “accessible spaces for smaller events such as concerts and cabaret, in addition to the larger, more flexible main stage itself,” co-chairs Lois Cox and Cynthia Schmidt wrote in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. They added that “patrons will find a bigger, more comfortable lobby with floor-to-ceiling windows looking over the Ped Mall. Performers will enjoy better amenities and more spacious dressing and green rooms.”
Stay updated on the theater project—which doesn’t have a timeline as of yet—on Riverside Theatre’s website.