Varsity Theater

214 E. Washington Street,
Iowa City, IA 52240

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Previously operated by: Central States Theatres Corp

Architects: Roland 'Tip' Goucher Harrison, Frank E. Wetherell

Firms: Wetherell & Harrison

Previous Names: Garden Theater, Astro Theater

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Varsity Theater

The Garden Theater opened on December 4, 1917. It was destroyed by fire on January 25, 1932. It was rebuilt to the plans of architectural firm Wetherell & Harrison and reopened on September 23, 1932.

On September 4, 1968 it was renamed Astro Theatre, but closed in 1991.

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Chris1982 on November 15, 2014 at 11:43 pm

The Varsity opened as the Garden and was later known as the Astro before being known as the Varsity.

Trolleyguy on August 20, 2016 at 7:57 am

Status should be demolished. This theatre has been replaced by an addition to the US Bank building.

DRum on January 5, 2017 at 3:22 pm

I was the manager here from 1987-1988 and also had helped out there in 1983-84. it had a large auditorium and my fsvorite memories were when we showed the Rocky Horror shows at halloween to sellout crowds.I believe it closed around 1989-90 when the bank bought it.

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