IOKA Visioning Sessions

Kyle and I never got  the opportunity  to screen  the River film at the IOKA due to the need for sprinklers and subsequent closing.

You could  make a movie though, or your son or daughter could and  for sure find yourself at  the IOKA premiere in the near future.

“Carol have you ordered the red carpet?”

Anything is possible.

In an effort  to hone our Community expectations of the IOKA moving forward, the Exeter Theater Company has scheduled  two visioning sessions for Community  involvement.


The Press Release

EXETER, NH: The public is encouraged to attend one of two upcoming forums at the Exeter Town Hall to contribute ideas towards new programs for the future renovated Ioka Theater. The first session will be on Wednesday January 18th from 6-8pm, hosted by the Exeter Heritage Commission, and facilitated by Van McLeod, Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources. The second, hosted by the Exeter Economic Development Commission will be on Saturday January 21st from 9-11am, facilitated by Community Development Specialist Ea Ksander. “For many years I have watched the trials and tribulations of the Ioka Theater. Now at last I feel there is a real opportunity to create a true community based theater that will present and produce the performing arts and film in a first class facility for the region,” remarked Van McLeod.

The Exeter Theater Company seeks creative community input and ideas on the potential range of programs for children, youth and adults that could include live music, theater, dance, concerts, comedy, independent and local films, and local programming. The theater used to hold over 400 seats and has a large lower-floor space that can be utilized as part of the new operations.

The non-profit Exeter Theater Company was established to preserve and operate the historic 1915 Art Deco Ioka Theater as a vital center for arts and culture. The vision – the historic Ioka Theater is the star of Exeter, a financially sustainable cultural institution presenting a wide range of theater and arts programs that creates excitement, pride and support within our community. A new membership program was launched in mid-December to help revive the historic theater with the goal of having 1,000 members by March 31, 2012. ‘Premiere’ members will be recognized with their names on a special wall in the theater lobby, on new theater seats, and special plaques. When the theater reopens to the public, members will be part of a grand gala opening event. To support this historic endeavor, become a volunteer, receive the e-news and join as a member sign up at or contact Contributions and memberships can also be sent to Exeter Theater Company, PO Box 275, Exeter, NH 03833.

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