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A Refurbished Theater Rejuvenates Small Iowa Community

I grew up in Ida Grove, Iowa. I’ve mentioned my humble beginnings a few times – that’s what many Iowans are likely to associate with.

In small towns across the Hawkeye State, Friday night football is king, there are only a few companies driving the local economy, there are fewer than ten restaurants in town and (if you’re lucky) you can see one or two lights as you pass.

Not much else, especially for culture. Unless you stop at what has become the entertainment hub in tiny Ida Grove.

After nearly a decade of disrepair, The KING Theater sits in the middle of town unattended – a painful sight to anyone passing by.

A group of passionate, driven, and hard-working people were determined not to let it go that way – now known as the Ida Grove Foundation. My dad was an integral part of this, and I’m so proud of what he’s taken on and accomplished.

After I left home and my sister went to college for a few years, my dad had a tough time. Like many empty nesters, he struggled with defining what his purpose in this world was. Sure, he’s still our dad, but we don’t need his guidance to the same extent that we used to.

My father found the theater. He has found people who will give their best effort. The sheer amount of work and time these people have is unbelievable. Here’s what he had to say:

Memories are made in a place like (the theater), a gathering place for people. It was too much for the few of us, and that few became the Ida Grove Foundation, the organization that decided to rehabilitate the King. We’ve seen enough of our 100+ year old buildings collapse. We’ll be damned if this meeting place is next.

People haven’t had local recreation for a long time, so we’re training them to expect it through marketing. Audiences are coming back and creating new memories of their own. It was a dream come true. I am fortunate to be part of the few who have taken risks for the good of our community.

Although The KING will close on December 24th, they will be showing SING 2 on Christmas Day.

To see future showtimes, visit Ida Grove King Theater website or theirs Facebook page.

Take a look at how it evolved over the years and into what it is today:

A Refurbished Theater Rejuvenates Small Iowa Community

The Ida Grove Foundation has seen enough of the building in ruins. Gathered by a group of passionate people, The KING Theater is back to its glory days.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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