The Englert Theatre has conducted two capital campaigns since reopening in 2004. The first campaign known publicly as the “Save The Englert Campaign” included contributions from hundreds of area households and businesses. This campaign was a success due to the support of the City of Iowa City, the generosity of contributors as well as the management of campaign staff, a dedicated board of directors and thousands of volunteer hours.
Then in 2011, the Englert launched a campaign to gain full possession of its mortgage. A third party, Cityscape, provided historic tax credits to the theater in 2004 to help with the building’s reconstruction. As part of the agreement, Cityscape owned part of the theater’s mortgage, with the understanding that the Englert would buy out Cityscape in 2011. The Englert now fully owns the historic property due to the generosity of over 20 individual households and the following capital campaign sponsors: