Historic Varsity Theater Rehabilitation

Des Moines, IA

Services provided on this project:

  • Architecture,
  • Engineering,
  • Interior Design,
  • Lighting Design,

Architecture Overview:

RDG is working with the non-profit Des Moines Film Society to restore and rehabilitate the 5,481 SF historic Varsity Theater, in an adaptive reuse project that will establish the theater as a community art house cinema. A substantial exterior facelift will include restoration of the iconic marquee and vertical signage. Inside, a flexible micro-cinema space is being added on the second floor, restrooms and concessions area will be upgraded, and the entire building will be made accessible and code compliant, ready for a new generation of film lover.

Engineering Overview:

Interior Design Overview:

Lighting Design Overview: