As the Board of the Hardacre Theater Preservation Association, we would like to welcome you all to the website of the Hardacre campaign. Now, we would like for you to take a moment and close your eyes, and imagine you are a citizen of Tipton, Iowa, in 1916. You are standing right in front of the Hardacre Theater, witnessing the doors of the theater opening for the first time. You, as well as the people of Tipton, have hearts full of gratitude and excitement, as this new building will provide an oasis of culture and the arts, tucked amidst the vast cornfields of eastern Iowa.
This very building has been in Tipton throughout a century of some of our nation’s richest history. It has been a place where, no matter what the times brought upon our town, anyone could come and seek refuge from their busy day- to-day lives, spend time with family and friends, and indulge in the arts; whether the medium was cinema, Community Theater, and so on. The Hardacre Theater has provided so many wonderful memories for our community and while many buildings of this age and in this condition are being closed and torn down, the life of the Hardacre has a lot of years left; years that hold a lot of promise and potential. Now, thanks to the generosity of Virginia Cook and her family, we are able to work toward purchasing the Hardacre building and begin the quest of restoring and preserving this timeless piece of Iowan history.
We would like to invite each one of you and the people of our wonderful community to envision this potential with us and ask yourselves where you see yourself as a member of our team. We are going to need an incredible amount of support in order to ensure the success of the Hardacre campaign. Just like it was in 1916, we live in a community of generous hearts and a town “Where dreams happen.” We have a hard road ahead of us and time is not on our side. We are counting on the people of our wonderful community to step forward and play their part in the future of the Hardacre. We hope you’ll join us so that together, we can ensure the Hardacre Theater can continue using the arts to enrich the Tipton and Cedar County community for many years to come.
Please stay tuned in the weeks and months to come as we will provide ways that you and your family can help continue the Hardacre legacy. Thank you for visiting the Hardacre website. Come again!
The Hardacre Preservation Association