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Iowa City Pride Ghost Hunt
October 7 @ 9:00 pm - October 8 @ 3:00 am
Come join Riverside Iowa Paranormal for an evening filled with snacks, movies, ghost hunting, tarot readings, and a sound bath! This event is going to be stellar and ALL TICKETS SALES GO TO HELP IOWA CITY PRIDE! The State Theatre venue in Washington, Iowa, is rumored to still be home to vaudeville performers who never left the building so come find out for yourself and enjoy this incredible evening!
The Des Moines Register offers up some historical facts on this unique (and haunted) host venue:
The State Theatre, formerly known as The Graham Opera House, is located at 123 East Washington Street. It has been in operation since May 14, 1897, according to Preservation Iowa‘s story published in October 2016. It was certified as such by the Guinness Book of World Records in April 2016, the theater’s website says.
Guinness even acknowledged that tickets for the first moving picture ranged from 15 to 35 cents. Bet that was nice.
As you’d expect, though, the State Theatre has undergone extensive renovation over the years. In November 2010, a cigarette discarded in a trash can ignited a fire in the projection room and closed the theater, per a story from the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It reopened in April 2011, showcasing a new facade that mimicked the style of theaters in the 1940s.