The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

City to acquire old Capitol Theatre building

Demolition costs estimated at $130K


September 17, 2020


The old Capitol Theatre in downtown Hartley was deemed a dangerous building last year by the city council.

Though closing credits may have rolled decades ago on the last scary movie to play at the Capitol Theatre, it doesn't mean the building can't put on one final horror show for Hartley taxpayers.

On the advice of legal counsel, the city council on Monday voted to acquire the property from Dwight and Darla Jacobs, of Spirit Lake. The city will obtain the property located at 185 S Central Ave. via quitclaim deed in the near future, and the Jacobs will also have to fork over a $2,500 payment under the agreement.

The arrangement ends months of legal wrangling, which began last year after the coun...

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