Theater Campaign Reaches $5 Million Milestone

Built in the 19th century, the historic Englert Theatre in Iowa City will be renovated, thanks to $5 million raised through a capital campaign. Photo: Englert Theatre.

FlimScene Iowa and the historic Englert Theatre—located in downtown Iowa City—have reached a major milestone in their joint capital campaign, “Strengthen. Grow. Evolve.” The organizations announced they have raised $5 million, even during a pandemic and in the aftermath of a derecho that hit eastern Iowa particularly hard. The funds will be used to modernize and preserve the theater, including a marquee renovation, and other FilmScene Iowa initiatives.

“It is truly because the community has taken hold of the vision of building the greatest small city for the arts that we have been able to reach this tremendous milestone,” said Nina Lohman, associate development director for the campaign, in a news release.

The goal of the campaign is to raise $6 million, down from the initial $6.5 million goal set when the fundraising started in April 2019 (due to the pandemic). The final phase will take place near the end of 2020. Learn more about FilmScene Iowa and the Englert Theatre capital campaign here.

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