Restoration Process

The Avery Theater represents the successful efforts of a group of committed civic-minded individuals.

Early in the process, valuable assistance came from several professionals.

Key dates in the restoration process, including photos, can be found within the historic timeline, here.

National Register of Historic Places

Based upon both its historic Art Deco architecture and the central role it had in community activities during its original operations, the Avery building was added to National Register of Historic Places designation in November 2008.   Download the NRHP Application.


Professional Consultants

Jan Olive Nash, architectural historian, owner of Tallgrass Historians, Iowa City — Jan worked extensively with local historian Jill Blank to prepare the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. Approved by the State of Iowa, Nov. 12, 2008.

Doug Steinmetz, AIA, preservation architect & State Historical Society consultant, Cedar Rapids —

Zenk Read Trygstad Associates, Inc., Albert Lea, MN —

Ted Boehman, Midwest Cinema Service, Des Moines — Ted has provided valuable information about modern cinematic standards in equipment, seating, lighting, projection and other areas.