The "Save Englert" Campaign – A Community Wide Effort to Preserve Iowa City's History

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Oral History

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Fall 10-1-2013


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Gavin Feller


The "Save Englert" campaign was a movement started by a group of Iowa City natives who wanted to protect the theatre against impending use as a nightclub in addition to restoring it to its original splendor.

Our project features the "Save Englert" group whose mission was to restore a building that has historic and cultural significance in our community. In 1999, a local tavern owner wanted to purchase the Englert Theatre and transform it into a nightclub, but this decision upset several citizens in Iowa City. This group of citizens mobilized to action and created the "Save Englert" campaign in an attempt purchase the structure and restore it for modern day use. This required extensive fundraising from local businesses, collaboration with the Iowa City Council, and intricate planning. Finally, after 5 years of fundraising, construction, and renovation, the Englert Theatre was reopened for permanent use. Today, the Englert Theatre hosts a variety of theatrical and musical performances because of the efforts of the "Save Englert" group. Overall, our audio essay offers insight into the triumphs, the hardships, and the nostalgia of this movement.


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