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Vinton theatre student playing the role of Sara Jane Moore in 'Assassins'

By Dean Close · 10:28am January 23rd, 2015
For her latest theatrical projects, Vinton native Erin Horst spent some time at a shooting range and the 20th Century American History section of the Minnesota State University, Mankato library. Horst, the daughter of Gerald and Marcy Horst, will play the role of Sara Jane Moore, the woman who tried to shoot President Gerald Ford, in a production of the musical entitled “Assassins,” which opens next week at the college’s Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Grandson of Vinton native advances on 'American Idol'

By Dean Close · 2:41pm January 22nd, 2015
A grandson of a Vinton graduate is among the contestants on this season of American Idol. Aaron Bissell of Cedar Rapids, the son Ron and Juanita Bissell of Cedar Rapids, advanced after his first audition. He is also the grandson of Diane (Close) Von Hagen, who graduated from Vinton High School in the 1960s.

ACT I announces cast for Dates with a Nut

By Doug Martens, ACT I Of Benton County · 12:07pm January 19th, 2015
ACT 1 is producing "Dates with a Nut" written by Thomas Johnson & Meg Merckens. Tom, who founded both The Old Creamery and the Iowa Theatre Artist Company, along with his wife and popular area actress Meg, have graciously allowed ACT I of Benton County to produce and perform the play. This will be the first time the play has been performed without Meg in the starring role.

In Depth: 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' coming to Palace in 3D

By Palace Manager Marcy Horst · 8:56pm January 16th, 2015
Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” in 3D, reimaging the classic Biblical story of Moses, plays Friday, January 16 through Thursday, January 22 at 7 pm every night, and Monday, January 19 at 2 pm. This epic drama starring Christian Bale, Sigorney Weaver, John Turturro, Ben Kingsley, and “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul, is rated PG-13 for battle violence, and runs just under 3 hours.

ITS HOT, HOT, HOT at the PALACE! (The heat is back on!)

By Palace Manager Marcy Horst · 3:56pm January 13th, 2015
January has been busy, busy, AND challenging at the theatre, with awesome movies, frigid temps, and furnace issues. However, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Elwick Electric and our Palace management staff and volunteers, we were only down one night, and your favorite seat is once again as HOT as the popcorn! Just ask Gerald, who knows I NEVER say this (except for that one time he surprised me with cruise tickets), but I’m actually looking forward to February! Bring on the snow and cold, Mother Nature, we’ve got sizzling H...

In Depth: 'Penguins of Madagascar'

By Marcy Horst · 12:07pm January 9th, 2015
Treat trays and 3D glasses are ready! Bring on the kids! The scene-stealing penguins have their own movie! Waddling into the Palace for 90 minutes of laugh-out-loud fun, “Penguins of Madagascar” runs Friday, January 9 through Thursday, January 15 at 7 pm, Saturday, January 10 at 4 pm, and Monday, January 12 at 2 pm.

ACT 1 to hold auditions for 'Date with a Nut' Sunday

By Steve Arnold, ACT 1 · 9:29am January 7th, 2015
Auditions for ACT I’s upcoming production of Dates with a Nut, written by Thomas P. Johnson and Meg Merckens, will be held Sunday, January 11 at 2:00 pm at the ACT I Centre, 906 E. Avenue, Vinton, in the second floor rehearsal hall. Only two actors will be needed for the production, one male and one female.

In Depth: 'Mockingjay, Part 1'

By Palace Manager Marcy Horst · 10:49am January 2nd, 2015
The Palace rings in the New Year with “Mockingjay, Part 1,” the latest installment in the “Hunger Games” series. Whether Team Peeta or a faithful Team Gale fan like me – we all know Gale is Katniss’ true love, a tragic unrecognized victim of the Games – be sure to reserve your seats or line up early! We’ve already sold 25 tickets for opening night.

In Depth: Big Hero 6

By Marcy Horst · 12:09pm December 26th, 2014
“Big Hero 6” is Disney Animation Studio’s latest and greatest. This action-packed comedy-adventure plays the Palace Friday, December 26 through Thursday, January 1 at 7 pm, Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday at 4 pm, and Sunday and Monday at 2 pm. Rottentomatoes.com loved this show, critics and audience reviewers alike.

In Depth: 'Interstellar' is 'impressive', and long

By Palace Manager Marcy Horst · 11:37am December 19th, 2014
Up next, for your pre-holiday viewing pleasure is a star-studded line-up including Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burstyn, and William Devane. To name a few! “Interstellar” plays the Palace Friday, December 19 through Tuesday, December 23 at 7 pm, and Monday and Wednesday, December 22 and 24 at 2 pm.

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