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The Legacy Foundation is looking to sell the historical Ottumwa Theatre

Published: Dec. 4, 2020 at 9:07 AM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) -The Ottumwa Theatre was first built with 700 seats and included a balcony and lobby. After being burned down in a fire in 1941, it was rebuilt.

Many years later it was purchased by The Ottumwa Legacy Foundation and referred to as Studio 229 in 2012, but now in 2020, it’s for sale once again.

Communications and special projects manager, Heather Larson, says this decision was made due to the cost and fundraising side not matching their ideas of renovation.

“The extra cost of construction and the fundraising side and trying to work through historic tax credits wasn’t lining up for the business model we want to use. That doesn’t mean these aren’t perfect buildings for someone, but for us, it wasn’t going to be the right choice at this point.”

Larson says the building is a great historical piece not intended for performance art, but for movies.

“Before we took possession of it, the Capri 5 was here. That was Ottumwa’s big movie theatre for 30-40 years, and prior to that, there were two separate theatres in the downtown district meant for film. So some of the first film theatres were here which is a really neat historical piece in downtown Ottumwa.”

One of the last movies shown in this theatre was The Passion of the Christ in 2004.

Larson says the Legacy Foundation hasn’t decided on a price just yet but they are excited to see the buildings get in the hands of someone with a big idea.

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