Nightlife in Altoona


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At Nova Cinema, cinephiles and casual moviegoers alike nosh on popcorn while watching first-run movies projected on full-size silver screens. Nova Cinema’s selection of talkies changes weekly, with current high-octane thrillers, family flicks, and love stories showing seven days of the week. Recent selections include The Hunger Games, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, _ and _Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, as well as 21 Jump Street, a coming of age story about street signs learning to conquer their fear of heights.
4353 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines,
IA
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Des Moines Dance teaches ballroom dance lessons both as group or private lessons. We teach in an academic style and provide a fun learning experience.
2745 Douglas Avenue
Des Moines,
IA
US
The Des Moines Community Playhouse offers exciting entertainment on stage, volunteer opportunities both on stage and backstage, and theatrical education programs for students ages 4 to adult. Founded in 1919, the Playhouse is one of the largest and oldest community theatres in the US.
831 42nd Street
Des Moines,
IA
US
Des Moines Social Club's in-house, cabaret-style bar hosts revolving sets of live entertainment from music to comedy while serving a broad, liquid array of drinks and cocktails. A specialty blood orange cosmo ($8) can play a sipping accessory while taking a break during salsa dancing on Monday's Latin Night, while stumped participants can seek an answer to Tuesday's Team Trivia night at the bottom of a Campari-based Jersey Shore ($8). Community pride manifests through 19 signature neighborhood beer and shot combos for $5 a pair, from the East Village inspired duo of Flying Dog Pale and SoCo Lime to the Ames coupling of Grainbelt and Goldschlager. Further drink options along with other recurring events can be found online. Absent an in-house spectacle, the expansive Pappajohn Sculpture Park with its chiseled works of mozzarella and pepperoni art is easily seen trough the façade of windows facing north.
1408 Locust Street
Des Moines,
IA
US
The Hull Avenue Tavern is the oldest bar in Des Moines. We have great drink prices and a modest selection of both domestic, import and micro brew beers. We also have a variety of liquor also. Weekends we host live music every friday and saturday free shows.
834 Hull Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US
Mars Café has been featured on the Des Moines Register's blog. desmoinesalive reviewers give Mars Café an average of 4.5 stars and Yelpers give it a five star-average with 81% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
2318 University Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US
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