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Varsity Cinema to reopen in Drake neighborhood

Des Moines Film is planning a $3 million renovation.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Varsity Cinema is getting a facelift.  

The iconic movie theater in Des Moines closed a few years ago, but now Des Moines Film is taking over and has big plans. 

New concessions, ticket booth, bathrooms, and adding an elevator are just a few of the changes you will see. 

"When The Varsity closed, I think it was a huge loss for really for film lovers because there was nowhere else that showed those kinds of films," Capital Campaign Co-Chair Pat Schneider said.

They will also add a second screening room that will seat a few dozen people. This can be used for smaller screenings, educational programming, and community events.  

"The Varsity is going to be a destination and a cultural hub as part of a district revitalization," Des Moines Film President Michael Wagler said. "And that creates strength for not only us as an organization and us as a theater, but for the entire community to grow and strengthen."

The capital campaign kicked off this month and they are looking to raise $3 million.

If you are interested in becoming a donor, click here.  

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