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Fairfield's Co-Ed Theater To Reopen

and It'll Be Better Than Ever!

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The Co-ed Theater, looking forlorn after the doors closed on September 12, will reopen as the Orpheum Theater with upgraded amenities in 2013.

Fairfield’s Co-Ed movie theater, which closed its doors on September 12, is coming back, and this time as the grand, cutting-edge cinema that the town of Fairfield deserves. The Orpheum Theater, as it was originally named, will be upgraded with stadium seating, state-of-the-art screens and sound system, appetizing refreshments for all tastes, and social gathering tables. And most important, it will offer a wide range of movies to please everyone, including mainstream releases, children’s matinees, old classics, and independent films.

The Orpheum Theater will be run by a nonprofit organization that serves the cultural needs of the Fairfield community, which includes renting out the theater for special events. Spearheaded by managing owner Chris Johnson of Mandala 6 Land Partners, a Board of Directors will move the plan forward, which begins with raising the estimated capital of $300,000 to upgrade the interior and to comply with industry-wide conversion to all-digital technology for both screens.
The Board plans to re-open the theater in 2013. A revival of small-town theaters is happening nationwide, including Iowa towns like DeWitt, population 5330, and Lake Mills, population 2200.

“We are already encouraged by the enthusiasm of the residents of Fairfield,” says Johnson, “and by the modest investment required to make the movie house what we’ve always wanted. This time, the theater will belong to all of us.” 


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written by Rick Shaddock, October 29, 2012
It would be great to be able to rent the theatre for special showings of informative videos.
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written by Eric Welander, October 26, 2012
I am glad to see that the Co-eD will be opened again. I worked there from 1980-1984 as a projectionist when it was still a single screen theater. It was a sad day when I heard that it had closed down.
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