The Hollywood in the Heartland project engages the public with Iowa's movie legacy through several heritage tourism activities designed to stimulate interest in this fascinating aspect of the state's history. The project is being completed in two successive phases:
1. Conduct a statewide survey of historic movie theaters and to develop a Multiple Property Document (MPD) for this building type. This research information is being disseminated to the public through an interactive, web-based tour of Iowa's most significant movie theaters and other sites connected to the creation of motion pictures in the state. For more information, including an interactive map of historic movie theaters, a searchable database, and information about Iowans in Hollywood and movies with an Iowa connection, visit the Hollywood in the Heartland Web site, hosted by Preservation Iowa.
2. Develop public outreach opportunities to bring the results of the first phase of research to all corners of the state. This may include the creation of a traveling exhibit focusing on Iowa's movie theaters and the state's role in the creation of movies, a book-length publication, or a statewide conference focusing on the rehabilitation and adaptive use of historic movie theaters.
If you know of a movie theater that isn't included in the inventory results, please send us information on it! Simply download this abbreviated site form and send it in:
To submit the form, either fill it out by hand or on the computer and attach photographic prints (color or black and white images are okay) and mail to the address at the bottom of the form; OR complete the form on your computer, insert digital images and return by email as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact Paula Mohr at (515) 281-6826 if you have questions or need additional information.