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Vision II Theatre

It had been over ten years since there was a movie theatre in Chariton, Iowa, but in June 1995 volunteers started collecting donations and holding fundraisers to build a new theatre. On Saturday, April 13, 1996, the doors opened for the first movies -- “Mr. Holland’s Opus” and “Happy Gilmore”.


Thanks to the generous donations of the businesses and residents of Chariton, the Vision II Theatre recently went through a major renovation replacing and updating projectors, seats, carpeting, and our heating and cooling system.  In April 2021 we celebrated our 25th Anniversary! 



Vision II is a not-for-profit community-owned theatre. This means there is no owner and no individual profits from the operation of the theatre. Instead all profits are poured back into the theatre and are used to maintain the facility, make upgrades, and provide raises to our staff.


To ensure all funds are properly managed, we also have a Board of Directors who ensure the facility is successful for years to come. 

COVID-19 Policies

What are we doing? 

  • Enhanced cleaning, including bathrooms, lobby, concession area, and theatre seating

  • Hand sanitizer stations available in the lobby

  • Popcorn to go 

What we are asking of our customers:

  • If you are sick or there is a possibility you've been exposed to an illness, please stay home.

  • After the show, please throw away all trash in the cans at the back of the theatre. 

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