The Ottumwa Courier


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This undated photo provided by Metropolitan Theater, shows the the Metropolitan Theater in Iowa Falls, Iowa. When word got out that actor Hugh Jackman was visiting the small northern Iowa city for the reopening of its old movie theater, John Whitesell didn't think it was unusual. The new owner of the 114-year-old Metropolitan Theater in Iowa Falls had known Jackman for years, and recalled how the Australian actor called him a few months ago to express appreciation for his efforts to restore the famed but rundown theater. The theater, built in 1899, originally housed a grand opera house that featured performers like actor Otis Skinner and composer John Philip Sousa. Known first as the Metropolitan Opera House, it was converted into a movie theater around the 1950s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Metropolitan Theater)

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