Donna Reed Center for the Performing Arts


The Donna Reed Center for the Performing arts is a 1914 German-style opera house, in Academy Award-winning actress Donna Reed’s hometown, housing the Donna Reed Heritage Museum and Theater. The theater is now used for concerts, dramatic and special events of all types. A special feature of the theater remains in the form of a large screen film playback system with surround sound. Midwest was asked to design and install digital sound and video to function in harmony with the existing cinema equipment.

Project Details

  • Midwest was given a special challenge by being requested to add digital video playback capabilities and general-purpose sound reinforcement for meeting events.
  • All of the equipment installed had to work without compromising movie film playback.
  • A limited budget required that no additional loudspeakers could be added in this first phase.
  • A unique and approach was chosen, repurposing part of the movie film loudspeaker system for use as sound reinforcement.



Donna Reed Center for the Performing Arts
1305 Broadway
Denison, IA 51442

Services Utilized

  • Design
  • Installation


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