A place you can dream, and do.

Capital Campaign for Theatre Cedar Rapids

Help improve your community-centered theatre experience for the next century.

Children acting in a spongebob musical.
Children learning at a summer camp.
The sound of music being performed.
Children acting in the spongebob musical.
The auditorium being used for a spongebob musical.
The four main characters of the musical Oz
Women in eloquent dresses dancing as part of the Meet Me in St. Louis musical
A shot of the opera cabaret sing along event.
A shot of the Meet Me in St. Louis musical.
Children acting in a spongebob musical.
Children learning at a summer camp.
The sound of music being performed.
Children acting in the spongebob musical.
The auditorium being used for a spongebob musical.
The four main characters of the musical Oz
Women in eloquent dresses dancing as part of the Meet Me in St. Louis musical
A shot of the opera cabaret sing along event.
A shot of the Meet Me in St. Louis musical.

Our Next 100 Years Starts With You

TCR has a rich history as the largest producing theatre in the state of Iowa. We produce on three stages, host educational programs for all ages for all ages, and staff hundreds to fill our explosive production calendar. As we enter our second century, we need a bit of help in fulfilling our vision.

An old picture of the original Theatre Cedar Rapids building.
An image preview of the campaign walkthrough video.
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A walkthrough of the new building layout.
Interior design elements in progress and subject to update.

Campaign Priorities

Unifying infrastructure, renovating upper floors, and enhancing production and patron experiences will launch the next era of community-centered theatre, education, and partnership in this iconic downtown facility.

This Unleashed Performing Arts Center will:

  • Boast an open, joyful, and navigable space with day and night activities

  • Meet the immediate demands of TCR’s robust production schedule and outstanding theatrical execution

  • Have the versatility to host a growing roster of partners in the business, civic, and social service industries

  • Welcome community members of all ages and all abilities in all spaces

  • Upgraded elevator with new interior entry point that will make every floor readily accessible

Select a level to see planned upgrades to the theatre.
Rendering of the new Theatre Cedar Rapids building, with the new additions to the building highlighted.
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4
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The building layout of floor 4.
Create:

A Top-Tier Floor

  • Storage and workshop space becomes a fully-equipped rehearsal hall

  • Durable dance floor supports grand-scale musical rehearsals

Features:

  • Rehearsal Studio
  • Classroom
  • Office Space
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Rendering of the rehearsal studio on level 4.
Classroom
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3
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Floor plan of level 4.
Create:

Bridging Stories

  • Neighboring spaces now meet with full accessibility for people of all abilities

  • Studio reveals historical design, including original projection booth and 2nd balcony

Features:

  • Public Gathering/Rehearsal Studio
  • Performer Lounge
  • Breakout Studio
Rendering of the Pratt rehearsal studio.
Breakout Studio
Rendering of the multipurpose room on level 3.
Breakout Studio
Level
2
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2
Building layout of floor 2
Create:

Behind the Scenes

  • The expanded elevator will make offices, classrooms, and rehearsal halls more accessible on the second floor

  • Historic floors and interior finishes will be preserved

Features:

  • Dance Studio
  • Administrative Offices
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1
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Building layout of floor 1
Experience:

Be Welcomed and Delighted

  • Vestibule welcome center increases clarity and expands library

  • Newly created interior pathways to elevator and auditorium stage

  • Breathtaking auditorium that showcases our unique character

  • Updated lobby and lounge furniture supports flow and community gathering

  • Concession and bar areas that reflect the highest levels of service

  • Intentional sensory-friendly location

Features:

  • Entrance
  • Lounge
  • Auditorium
Rendering of the auditorium on level 1.
Breakout Studio
Rendering of the level 1 foyer/entry area.
Breakout Studio
Rendering of the library on level 1.
Breakout Studio
Level
0
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0
The building layout of floor 0.
Create:

The Foundation

  • Privacy measures for performers will be increased with more designated changing spaces

  • More sustainable water mitigation efforts will be installed and help preserve the integrity of this historic space

Features:

  • Grandon Studio
  • Performer Dressing Areas
A standing ovation at the mamma mia musical
An impactful moment of the Spongebob musical.

Campaign Progress

Through a combination of public sources ($1.4 million) and community sources ($8.1 million), TCR plans to raise $9.5 million to fund the infrastructure renovations, modernized theatrical technology, and intentional design at the heart of this project.

$4,693,700  million raised so far
Goal of $9.5 million