Group Raises Money to Reopen E. Iowa Movie Theater

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By Ben Hoppenworth

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A group of residents in a small eastern Iowa town are trying to reopen a nearly century-old movie theater that closed after it could no longer be maintained.

The Hardacre Theatre in Tipton, about 160 miles east of Des Moines, closed its doors in August after its longtime owner said it would cost too much money to switch to digital film.

The Hardacre Theater Preservation Association is raising money to buy the property and renovate it. The group is currently waiting for a nonprofit status that will boost fundraising efforts.

Organizers say many people care for the former opera house, which became a movie theater in 1919. Its future will also affect an annual film festival that's considered the longest running of its kind in Iowa.

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