Bravo Greater Des Moines Honors Varsity Cinema

February 08, 2024
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The Varsity Cinema has been recognized for its impact on the local cultural economy.

Bravo Greater Des Moines recognized three honorees at the 2024 Bravo Awards Gala in Des Moines, Iowa. The Varsity Cinema, a project completed in collaboration with RDG Planning & Design, was awarded the Spotlight Award. Since 2006, the Bravo’s Spotlight Award has recognized cultural partners for their transformative impact on the region. Honorees are selected for having an impact on arts, culture, heritage and the local cultural economy.

In 2019, Des Moines Film partnered with RDG to embark on an extensive multi-year renovation project. RDG’s design reinforces and celebrates Varsity Cinema’s historic feel by marrying the structure’s mid-century modern stone, brightly colored travertine and Art Deco decorative elements with more modern elements that make the space work for contemporary audiences and staff. Since its reopening in December 2022, the Varsity Cinema has served as a social, cultural and economic hub for both the Drake Neighborhood and the city of Des Moines.

Learn more about the Bravo Greater Des Moines’ grants and awards programs.

Written by Erin Van Zee, Communications Director