Iowa City to give $75,000 to downtown cinema

FilmScene expected to operate at a loss for the next three years before move to high-rise

Gregg Hennigan
Published: March 5 2014 | 10:08 am - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:11 am in

The City Council Tuesday night voted unanimously to give $75,000 to a nonprofit organization that runs a movie theater in downtown Iowa City.

FilmScene opened a 70-seat art-house cinema last fall at 118 E. College St. The council voted to give it $35,000 next fiscal year and $25,000 and $15,000 the two years after that, respectively.

FilmScene is projecting a net loss of $179,000 the next three years before it starts to turn a profit.

The organization wants to eventually move the cinema to a high-rise building proposed for the eastern edge of downtown.

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