Art deco theater in north-central Iowa reopens

GARNER, Iowa (AP) — After a 40-year hiatus, movies are again being shown at the Avery Theatre in the north-central Iowa town of Garner.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/14RR3yJ) that Friday was the official opening of the restored art deco movie theater, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

People began streaming into the lobby as soon as the doors opened at 4:30 p.m. to see showings of “Despicable Me 2.”

The Avery first opened in 1931 and showed movies until the late 1960s, when it was converted into a pharmacy.

It was restored by Garner Main St. Inc., a nonprofit agency that purchased the building in 2008.

The renovation stay true to the theater’s original look, with red clay tile extending beyond the ticket booth into the lobby.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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