The Iowa's full marquee lights were turned off - after being dark for more than thirty years - on September 12, 2017! Photo courtesy Todd Scott.
The Winterset Stage at their new home! The Iowa brings live theater back to its stage for the first time in almost 40 years! June 2017.
The Winterset Stage cast of "Some Enchanted Evening" wows the crowd. From left to right: Megan Barrett, Jon Barrett, Meredith McKay Rich Joens, Meisha Sible (also visible: pianist avid Negley). June 2017.
The Iowa's gorgeous concession stand, crafted by Mark Ellwanger of Madison County Cabinetry. Photo by Michele Iris.
The beautifully rehabilitated Iowa Theater, as seen from the stage. May 2017.
Triumphant ribbon cutting with Madison County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors (and actor Robert Carradine!). May 2017.
The 500+ LED lights welcomed a full house for the first screening in over two years, including The Bridges of Madison County and Field of Dreams. May 2017.
Our amazing electrician Bob Swanson solders the Iowa's marquee sockets, May 2017.
A throwback photo of the marquee's temporary home inside the Iowa's second floor office, overlooking the beautiful Winterset courthouse.
A beautiful shot of our newly installed wall curtains next to the golden arch, April 2017.
Jim Mease, Sam Anker, Marianne Fons and Rebecca Fons stand outside the Iowa to celebrate Farmers and Merchants State Bank's generous pledge of $25,000 to the Iowa's rehabilitation efforts. Photo courtesy Stacy Zacharias.
Rebecca Fons stands amongst the progress (note the huge man-lift in the middle of the theater floor). Bless this mess! March, 2017.
The team behind the Iowa's rehabilitation does a "sample run" of what it will be like to attach the wall drapes. After securing the top to the wall, the drapes will be tightly pleated and secured again. March, 2017.
LED lights start to return to the marquee. Baby steps! February 2017.
The marquee, opened up, from below! November, 2016.
The marquee makeover begins, November 2016.
The Iowa's new logo was unveiled in August, 2016!
The Iowa presents a free outdoor screening of The Searchers during the John Wayne Birthday Celebration weekend, 2016.
Rebecca and Marianne Fons welcome the crowd at the free outdoor screening of The Searchers, 2016.
The grand arch is exposed, 2016!
Marianne Fons speaks at the Winterset Bakery during the monthly Chamber Coffee before welcoming guests to tour the under-construction Iowa Theater, 2016.
Pat Riley of Rainbow International of Winterset and Marianne Fons stand in front of The Iowa's chairs. Pat and the team at Rainbow are generously storing and cleaning The Iowa's chairs!
The theater floor is shored, 2016.
Steve Reed and Marianne Fons stand outside The Iowa's doors, 2015.
The screen comes down, 2015. The screen is still used for all outdoor screenings presented by The Iowa!
Fred Kuntz, who worked as a projectionist at The Iowa more than fifty years ago, talks to Jack C. Newell about how the the "old" projectionists worked.
Rebecca Fons (with the support from Jack C. Newell and Steve Reed), tweaks the marquee letters announcing The Iowa's return, 2015.
Mark Davis sits amongst the unbolted chairs (that he unbolted!), 2015.
The marquee lights come down one by one, 2015.
Marianne Fons fearlessly heads up on the lift to survey the roof, 2015.
Rebecca Fons, Fred Kuntz, Jane Martens and Marianne Fons, 2015. Fred worked as a projectionist and Jane as a ticket seller at The Iowa in the 1950s.
Marianne and Rebecca Fons stand in front of the marquee of The Iowa Theater after changing the marquee letters to announce the reopen. Photo courtesy of Wayne Davis.