Come September, a new seven-days-a-week movie venue will open on the Pedestrian Mall in Iowa City as a partnership of two not-for-profit groups.
The FilmScene, with the University of Iowa student-run Bijou, will feature a 10-and-a-half-by-20-foot screen, state-of-the-art 3D technology, a special-events rooftop terrace and a full cafe and bar.
The theater, at 118 E. College St., occupies 1,500 square feet and will have seating for 85. The building is owned by the Moen Group.
An exact date for its opening has yet to be determined.
“Our partnership is a continuation of the Bijou’s rich history, coupled with FilmScene’s mission to promote film as an art form and enhance the cultural vitality of Iowa City,” said Josh Yates, the Bijou’s programming director and a graduate student at the University of Iowa in the film and video program.
FilmScene plans to show first run independent, foreign and alternative movies as well as offer specialty programming.
“Throughout downtown we see theaters and for art and dance but there is no space for film,” said Andy Brodie, who with Andrew Sherburne, co-founded FilmScene. “We need a place where cinema is the reason for existing.”
“The location will … enable us to have more visibility compared to what we had at the Iowa Memorial Union. A large percentage of community may not have known we were located there,” said Jesse Kreitzer, Bijou executive director.