FilmScene’s Scene 1 85-seat cinema to open in September

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 06, 2013 5:00 AM

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Since the 2007 closure of Old Capitol Town Center’s Campus 3 cinema, downtown Iowa City has been without true cinematic offerings. Come September, with the opening of FilmScene’s 85-seat Scene 1 cinema, that absence will be filled.

The nonprofit independent film organization, founded in 2011, will partner with developer Marc Moen to open a 928-square foot year-round cinema dedicated to American and foreign independent films alongside first-run movies not regularly offered at traditional movie theaters in the Packing and Provision Building, 118 E. College St.

“Iowa City residents have stated over and over that they want a movie theater back downtown, and we’re excited to make that possible,” FilmScene cofounder Andrew Sherburne said. “What’s more, we’ll bring a new movie going experience that Iowa City hasn’t had with engrossing films and a food and drink menu that sets us apart.”

Filmgoers will be welcomed through a lounge offering catered food and desserts, traditional movie-going fare, fine wine, coffee, and beer. Final costs for the cinema, movie and menu prices, along with cinema hours have yet to be determined. FilmScene plans on offering several films per day, including matinee and evening times.

Scene 1 is the first component of the organization’s long-term plans to open two additional movie theaters in the 20-story the Chauncey development at the intersection of College and Gilbert Streets in 2016, which, combined, will include 250 seats. The Scene 1 location will remain open after the opening of the Chauncey, primarily for educational purposes.

In addition to FilmScene’s cinema, an art gallery, retail tenant, and small rooftop terrace are a part of the renovation project.

— by Quentin Misiag

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