Effort underway to bring theater to Northeast Kan community

Posted 1 month ago

By Stan Unruh

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 9.33.38 AMHIAWATHA, Kan. (AP) — A group of residents in Hiawatha are trying to bring a movie theater back to the northeast Kansas town.

Hiawatha’s Twin Theatre closed about a week ago after voters in April rejected an initiative that would have funded the construction of a new city-owned theater.

Now, a nonprofit group called Hiawatha ACES has launched a fundraising drive to buy and renovate the 40-year-old Twin Theatre.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports  the group estimates it would cost $200,000 to update the theater. For now, small improvements and maintenance will begin, with a goal of reopening the theater by the holiday season.

However, a second proposal to fund a city-owned movie theater will be on the ballot in November. If it passes, the plans to renovate the Arrow Twin will stop.