Washington, Iowa
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This 450 seat, 22,000 square-foot auditorium is "the envy of the towns five times our size," said the theater's first president in 1976.  This modern stage performance hall stages four major productions a year, in addition to independent acting and musical groups that offer fantastic entertainment throughout the year.  With 10,000 costumes on hand and two theatrical troops, you are sure to enjoy a fantastic production!


Washington Community Theater

2227 250th St.

Washington, IA 52353





State Theater


Originally built as an Opera House in 1893, the big screen at this movie theater always has the newest movies.  With seating for 435 and the original architecture and style of the Opera House, catching a movie at the theater makes for an awesome experience.  Over winter and summer vacations, the theater, in cooperation with local merchants, offers free family movies as a special treat!  The State Theater is one of the longest running, continuing operation movie house in the world!


State Theatre

123 E. Washington

Washington, IA 52353






Municipal Band


Washington's Municipal Band fills the town square with music every Thursday evening June-August at 8 pm at the bandstand in Central Park in downtown Washington.  A tradition since 1932.




Ainsworth Opera House


Don't miss the Brinton Film Fest at the Ainsworth Opera House the last Friday and Saturday in July.  You'll see films from the 1890's - the oldest in the world.  In fact, the Smithsonian has mad copies of the films that are the property of this opera house.   Ainsworth Opera  House hosts the Red Cedar Chamber Music Group's Rural Outreach Concerts.  This program brings high-quality chamber music to rural audiences in the comfort of their own environment.   The Nativity Display at the Opera House is the largest in the world!  You can see this exhibit the first two weekends in December.


Ainsworth Opera House

Ainsworth, IA 52201







Washington's two dance studios perform fantastic recitals each year.  These studios teach tumbling, tab, ballet, jazz and modern dance.  They produce some of the best dance talent in Southeast Iowa.  You'll be amazed at the grace and strength displayed in these powerful dance routines.


Melissa's Stairway to the Stars

202 S. Iowa

Washington, IA 52353



Studio E

1609 E. Washington

Washington, IA 52353












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