• Progress

    HERO is on the second of the three-stage campaign to reopen the Webster Theater. Current efforts are on raising funds to upgrade the theater’s equipment to digital.

  • Community HEROs

    Students in Webster City High School’s Entrepreneur Class assisted with HERO’s planning process and fundraising. You can be a HERO too!

  • Indiegogo

    Get your perk for being a HERO. Visit our indiegogo campaign today. Campaign expires on March 19, 2014. Perk quantities are limited.

  • HERO

    Help, Entertain and Restore Organization, Inc. (HERO) is a community organized non-profit. HERO was established in 2014 with the mission to re-open the Webster Theater.

  • The Webster

    The Webster Theater was originally built in 1906 and opened as the Orpheum Theater in 1906. In 1939 it became The Webster and the marquee was added.

Save the Webster

The Webster Theater was built in 1906 and is a cornerstone in the small rural community of Webster City, Iowa.  The theater's history begins as a vaudeville theater in 1909 and recently, in the spring of 2013, ends when the corporate owners filed bankruptcy and closed the theater.   The closing of small-town theaters is rumored to be not so uncommon in the industry. Yet … yet, there is still a vibrant market that wants to go to the movies.  Help Entertain and Restore Organization (HERO), a community organized non-profit, is committed to opening the Webster City Movie Theater once again.  HERO has a three-stage plan to raise funds necessary to purchase the theater and upgrade the equipment so the theater can re-open and become a cornerstone for Webster City's downtown once again.


The Webster Theater is located in downtown Webster City, Iowa. The theater has 75 years of history in the city and has served not only as a source of entertainment, but a cornerstone in the city's downtown. March 2013 was the last showing in the theater... to date.

HERO, a non-profit organization formed by community members, has undertaken the mission to purchase, repair, upgrade and reopen the theater. The next chapter in The Webster's history begins.


Help Entertain and Restore Organization (HERO), is organized as a non-profit corporation for charitable purposes as allowed under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Filings with the state of Iowa and IRS have been completed.

HERO is currently comprised of a planning board that has been supported by volunteers that have contributed generous amounts of time to fulfill the mission to reopen the Webster Theater.

The Future

HERO's planning board has done extensive research and planning. Reopening a small town movie theater is not a new or novel idea. The many other community-owned theaters around the region have been generous in sharing experiences, resources and knowledge.

Conservative industry-focused projections for theater operations show the Webster Theater will financially sustain itself as other community-owned theaters are currently doing.

Updates and Posts

Help Wanted

We need a manager! It’s a full time, salaried position.  You can find more information about the job and how to apply by visiting our Forms and Documents Page.

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Hero Donors Leads the Way

All capital campaigns start with leaders in giving as an important part of the overall campaign. These gifts provide the initial momentum needed to get the campaign off the ground and running.   The local Help Entertain and Restore Organization (HERO) Campaign is no different.    As of the end of

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Indiegogo Campaign

Indiegogo is the world’s largest global funding platform.  The site is “all about allowing anybody to raise money for any idea.”   With indiegogo there are of “perks” for different levels of investment.  The campaign is promoted through a social media-based publicity effort and because of the nature of the campaign, it allows anyone,

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Celebrating with Posters and Raffle

Wednesday Evening- February 19, 2014 from 4 to 7 pm we are celebrating the theater’s 75th anniversary with a poster and raffle fundraiser. Hundreds of posters are available for $1, $5 or $20.             We are also giving away one of each of our indiegogo

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