Englert Theatre's renovations underway, will bring the building's iconic marquee down for repairs Tuesday
If you go by the Englert Theatre in the next few days, you may notice the venue's famous marquee is missing. While the Englert's naked facade won't be permanent, it will be a few months before passersby will see it adorned with its marquee again.
"One of the biggest goals of the campaign is to preserve our historic theater and FilmScene’s original location on the Ped Mall," a late May news release from the Englert Theatre read.
Renovations began June 4 on the Englert Theatre, located at 221 E Washington St., and were made possible with funds from the Strengthen, Grow, Evolve capital campaign, which was launched in 2019 in collaboration with Iowa City's nonprofit movie theater, FilmScene, with the goal of investing in both organization's spaces.
According to John Schickedanz, the Englert's marketing director, the marquee will be fully removed on Tuesday and will be absent for the remainder of the summer as repairs are made.
Though the marquee was not a part of the theatre when it was completed over 100 years ago, it's become an iconic feature of the venue since it was added.
The capital campaign project has raised just over 70% of its $6.5 million goal, according to the May news release. When the campaign was first announced last year, renovations on the Englert had been expected to wrap up later this year.
Along with the marquee's rehabilitation, the capital funds will finance other aspects of preservation and modernization for the theater, including brick repair for the building's facade and an audio system upgrade, among other projects.