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Oelwein Coliseum celebrates Grand Reopening as dance hall

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From a ballroom, to a furniture store, to a church, an eastern Iowa staple is getting back to its roots. 

The Oelwein Coliseum was a dance hall from 1928 until the 70's but now it's back to dancing. After months of major renovations and donations, the historic coliseum is a dance hall again with its Grand Reopening this past Sunday.

Oelwein resident and community historian David Moore says, "It was great, just great to see the people really looking for a place to dance and having a good time."

He and a small group of other volunteers spent the past 16 months completely renovating the place.

"It was about to be a storage building and I didn't want to see that happen," Moore says. 

The interior had a bit of a face-lift but it also kept its rich history, from the ceiling to the classic wooden floor. Paintings of musicians who have played at the hall are painted on the walls. 

"It's been a lot of hard work, but it's paying off. It's an asset to the community," Moore says. 

To celebrate the grand reopening, seven bands from northeast Iowa took this stage rocking for hours in front of hundreds of people.

Moore says, "We had people lined up for a block and a half outside. We were shocked at the number of people."

He add they are already booking more bands for future shows, so get those dancin' shoes ready!

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