HOLSTEIN, Iowa — A theater in Holstein that dates back to 1927 has been restored and is getting ready to reopen.
The Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/2cZMxH2 ) reports that a $100,000 fundraising goal was surpassed, allowing the Save the State Theater group to purchase the necessary materials and features to restore the structure.
“I’ve been in here hundreds of times during the past year and it’s so amazing how tightly this building was sealed,” said Kathy Vollmar, the committee co-chair. “I’ve not seen any mice and only a couple of crickets.”
Committee members were thankful that there was little water damage at the site, which closed in 2013.
The restoration project included new drywall, carpeted walls for better acoustics, leather seats, a new neon marquee and a $6,000 movie screen. Seating areas for people who use wheelchairs were also installed.
The group, which is working under the Holstein Development Authority, will have a $50,000 movie projector installed this week.
The development authority bought the State Theater from an Iowa resident for an undisclosed amount.
Vollmar said residents have been eager to help with fundraising and cleaning efforts. The community is planning a fundraiser called “Piano and a Pie” this Sunday featuring Sioux City pianist Richard Steinbach. Volunteers will also be providing baked pies with ice cream, and coffee.
The theater may start showing movies as early as this fall.
Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com