Audubon Seeking to Put the Bloom Back on the Rose Theater

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AUDUBON, Iowa -- At a social event last year, two couples were talking about how they missed the Rose Theater in Audubon and how they wished it would reopen.

“A couple of us were visiting, another couple joined us, again we thought it would be great to revitalize the theater,” said Margee Shaffer, of the Audubon Economic Development Office. “That happened in August. In November, we had our first meeting with other volunteers.”

That random conversation led to a community meeting, which led to the formation of the Audubon Community Cinema, and later, the purchase of the old Rose Theater in February of 2016.

Since then, a core group of volunteers have removed the theater seats and walls and are working on a $350,000-makeover of the Rose Theater.

The community will hold a dinner and silent auction for the Rose Theater on Saturday, April 9. A comedy troupe from Omaha will also perform., along with the performance of a comedy troupe from Omaha.

The event is sold out.

“The community has just jumped on board with us, everybody’s really excited,” said Linda Blomme, a project volunteer. "You see, anybody that has lived here forever, from 90-years-old to 50-years-old, they love to tell stories about their memories from the Rose Theater.”

The goal is to open a community-run theater showing second-run movies at a reasonable price. A stage will be constructed to enable live performances in Audubon.

Currently, people wanting to go to the movies have to drive to at least 30 miles to Carroll, Atlantic or Harlan.

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