Ioka Theater

55 Water Street,
Exeter, NH 03833

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IOKA Interior, Stage

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Built in 1915, the Ioka Theatre is one of the dwindling number of independent movie theaters in the country.

Featuring a main auditorium of almost 500 seats, it offers the largest screen in the area with an updated state-of-art sound system. Architecturally, it is a brick building that blends in with the much earlier structures that fill downtown Exeter.

Recently, a second screen was added in the restored basement that was once the Rockingham County YMCA. This theater converts into an Art Deco night club on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The Ioka Theatre was closed in December 2008.

Contributed by John Elwood, William Hochstedler

Recent comments (view all 37 comments)

longislandmovies on January 14, 2009 at 10:50 pm

The price may not be crazy for the building.Going to be run as a theater it is a crazy price.The price may be well worth itbut it is not priced so so some one can run it as a theater.If it was it would still be open.

rdetzler on April 6, 2009 at 6:21 pm

The IOKA is closed. Anyone interested in theater seats, curtains, lighting, and other related equipment may contact us through the website.

cwa on June 4, 2009 at 9:25 pm

The IOKA is in the process of being purchased. For more information go to

wellrj on December 17, 2009 at 1:10 am

How sad is this. What a beautiful theatre. Someone’s gotta bring this one back. If one of the most prestigious/wealthiest boarding schools in the world being in town can’t keep this one aflot. WTF..

JohnElwood on November 29, 2011 at 10:03 am

The IOKA will be auctioned on Thursday!

exetertheater on December 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

the theater will be a theater again – sign up at for future news

MPol on March 18, 2012 at 7:03 am

I may not live in the area, but I do hope that the Ioka Theatre can be re-opened and saved as a movie theatre. I live roughly an hour or two south of Exeter, NH, and, as a moviegoer, it sounds like a great idea. I wish the townspeople the best of luck and victory in their fight to save the Ioka.

TrevorBartlett on April 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Here’s a link to a video from a rally to save the IOKA theater held on March 30, 2013.

DavidZornig on May 12, 2015 at 12:22 am

Mid `30’s photo added courtesy of Walter Bell.

2014 article below courtesy of Patricia Lane Evans. Copy and paste to view.

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