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TCR to announce plans for flood-damaged Iowa Theatre

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OPN Architects drawing shows exterior renovations for Theatre Cedar Rapids’ home in the Iowa Theater Building. The project will begin this spring, with the flood-damaged structure back in operation by February of 2010. OPN Architects drawing shows exterior renovations for Theatre Cedar Rapids’ home in the Iowa Theater Building. The project will begin this spring, with the flood-damaged structure back in operation by February of 2010.

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Theatre Cedar Rapids will announce Thursday what the future holds for its home in the historic but flood-ravaged Iowa Theatre Building.

TCR will hold a news conference Thursday at 11:45am in the lobby of the damaged theatre.

Originally built in 1928, the landmark Iowa Theatre Building at 102 Third St. SE. has sat empty since floodwaters ravaged it in the summer of 2008.

Here is what the theatre officials tell KWWL they plan to announce at the news conference:

  • Specific details on how the Iowa Theatre Building will be brought back.
  • How the renovation will be paid for.
  • The timeline for the Iowa Theatre Building's return.
  • What the newly-renovated building will look like, including the unveiling of renderings by OPN Architects.
  • The title of the show that will re-open the Iowa Theatre Building next year.
  • What the public can still do to help with The Next Act fundraising campaign.

The event will feature guest speakers like TCR Managing Director Casey Prince and the Cedar Rapids Convention & Visitors Bureau's Tim Boyle. The group will also present a video on the history of The Next Act, from last year's announcement through the changes that have been brought on by the flood.

Following the program, officials will answer questions from the media and the public, with a panel of speakers including designers from OPN Architects, staff members at TCR and Cedar Rapids historian Mark Hunter.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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