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Orpheum Theater wins a best development award

Honor given by 1000 Friends of Iowa group

November 8, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The transformation of the Orpheum Theater in Marshalltown has received a statewide award.

The theater has been honored with a 2012 Best Development Award in the

category of Renovated Commercial/Civic project by the 1000 Friends of Iowa organization.

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Gayle and Vic Hellberg head into the red carpet grand reopening of the Orpheum Theater in 2010. The theater’s transformation has landed it a 2012 Best Development Award from the 1000 Friends of Iowa organization.

Orpheum Theater Director Pip Gordon said the award is quite an honor for those volunteers who have worked hard throughout the past decade to bring the facility back.

"I feel really thankful and very proud of all the work that happened before I landed here," Gordon said.

The renovated Orpheum reopened in 2010 and is operated by the Iowa Valley Community College District. Its $3 million renovation was part of a bond vote approved by the community, but the realization of the theater's return would not have been possible without the steadfast support of volunteers.

1000 Friends of Iowa is a non-profit organization that advocates for responsible development that protects resources and agriculture and revitalizes neighborhoods and towns. A board member of the organization visited the Orpheum earlier this year and inquired if they wanted to apply for the award.

"Once we found out about it, we thought this would be a real honor for Marshalltown and for us," Gordon said.

The award ceremony will be held Saturday at The Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City. Theater staff are busy this weekend with the Jean Seberg International Film Festival so Iowa Valley Community College District Board Vice President Yvonne Mallory will accept the award on behalf of the Orpheum Saturday.



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