Hardacre Film Festival Goes On Outside Theater

By Sarah McCarthy, KCRG-TV9

TIPTON, Iowa — The 17th annual Hardacre Film Festival was held in Tipton today. Typically, the event runs the entire weekend and draws people from all over the country to Tipton’s downtown Hardacre Theater.

But this year was different.

“We had this old-fashioned, art-deco styled movie palace, where we were able to hold the festival for sixteen years,” said Will Valet, the festival director.

But last February a local non-profit bought the theater. Now, they’re working on renovating the nearly 100-year-old movie house.

“Fortunately, the high school was able to renovate this gorgeous auditorium, just a few blocks from the theater,” Valet said.

That’s where directors, critics, and movie lovers gathered for this year’s festival.

But some said it just wasn’t the same.

“I loved the Hardacre Theater,” Nicole Cosgrove said.

Cosgrove directed a short film that was featured in the festival last year. This year, she’s back showing another feature.

“There’s something about an old picture palace that’s magical, and mystical, and something that I think we need to preserve,” Cosgrove said.

And Valet said it will be preserved.

“We want to be able to reopen by the Hardacre’s 100th birthday,” he said. “Which is in April 2016, less than two years away.”

Valet also said the audience was slightly smaller this year, but hopes that number will bounce back once renovations are finished at the Hardacre.

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