If a new plan comes to fruition, projectors could light up the screens once again in time for the holidays.
The nonprofit group Hiawatha ACES has begun a fundraising drive that would pay for the purchase and renovation of the 40-year-old theater.
A ballot initiative failed in April that would have constructed a new city-owned and operated triplex theater to replace the Arrow Twin, which was slated to close.
"We felt that while it was fine to criticize that plan, the problem remained and there would be no theater in Hiawatha,"
After an audit of the Arrow Twin's equipment, the group determined it would cost about
The group came to an agreement with
Small improvement projects and maintenance will begin quickly, with a goal of reopening the theater in time for the holidays.
"Because we are such a small community, all of the charitable organizations tend to dip in the same pot,"
Even so, fundraising undertakings of this scale are not without precedent in the northeast
Aside from fundraising, one of the project's biggest remaining hurdles could come at the ballot box. A second proposal to fund a city-owned movie theater with a tax will be on the ballot in November.
"The town just isn't big enough to support two theaters,"
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