Campus III

201 S. Clinton Street,
Iowa City, IA 52240

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Previously operated by: CEC Theatres, Central States Theatres Corp

Previous Names: Campus Theaters

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Campus III

The Campus III opened in January 1981 in a small part of the second floor the the newly opened Old Capitol Mall. It was operated by Central State Theaters until 2002 when CEC Theaters bought Central State Theaters. In 2007, CEC sold its theaters in Iowa City and Coralville to Marcus Theatres. The Campus III was not taken over by Marcus and as a result was closed on March 30, 2007. By this time much of the second floor of the mall was owned by the University of Iowa and they bought the theater space shortly after it closed. There was some push for it to continue being used as a movie theater.

In the summer of 2008 the Iowa River flooded, causing signifigant damage to several University buildings. The theater was gutted and became the home for part of the University Of Iowa School of Music. A new music building opened in 2016. The space remains empty although it remains owned by the University of Iowa. The two-story building now named Old Capitol Town Center was originally a legitimate shopping mall, but now about half of it is owned by the University of Iowa, including the former space of the appropriately named Campus III.

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