Phoenix Theater: From ashes to a digital rebirth

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In 1913, the Phoenix was built and so named to replace the Novelty Theater which burned down in 1912. After nearly 50 years in business, a decline in ticket sales forced it to close as a theater in 1959. The building went on to serve other purposes until 2000 when it closed again.

The structure stirred to life 11 years later when extensive remodeling was begun so it could return it to its original role and former glory. The work revealed nostalgic touches that contrast with state-of-the-art technology. Today, the latest digital films can be seen in comfortable seating with affordable concessions harking back to the theater’s heydays.

Neola, a town of 850 citizens, is proud of the theater which is managed by a non-profit organization. In fact, many area students are involved in its operation.

Upcoming shows include the new Ghostbusters, Ice Age: Collision Course, Bad Moms, and Jason Bourne. For an intimate, modestly-priced theater experience, the Phoenix is your ticket to a great evening out. For more information, go to their website.

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