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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
US

Inside the historic, renovated Waverly Palace Theatre, first-run releases splash across three screens as guests gobble snacks from the concession stand. Seats equipped with lumbar support prop up weary backs as the sounds of screeching tires, exploding fortresses, and wisecracking babies escape from the speakers of a Dolby Surround Sound EX system. As guests exit, they can take in the brick exterior of the theater, which maintains its classic, glowing marquee and art-deco façade.

90 E Bremer Ave
Waverly,
IA
US

Established: 1969

Reservations/Appointments: Optional

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Pro Tip: We are a fun, friendly bunch who loves to hear about new ideas.

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Rock n' Run

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with Jt Cattle, Marketing Committee Volunteer

When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?

When I first started living in Des Moines. We are an arts-based organization with a passion for sharing our mission, and everything we do requires that passion to be carried forward into the community, and into the education that we provide to the youth.

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?

If you like the arts, if you like to have a good time. And if you like to run, the Rock n' Run is the perfect combination. The best way to get ready is to bring your friends along so you have others to Rock Out with. The more people, the more opportunity for fun.

What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?

Arts education. It's fun for all ages, and helps the community in ways that will last a lifetime.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

The arts build communities. Greater Des Moines will be recognized as a place where the arts thrive because of Metro Arts Alliance.

305 E Court Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US

Owner Darlene Olson holds court over Merle Hay Lanes’ sleek bowling lanes, where the sounds of laughter and pins crashing fills the air. An Olson family heirloom since 1993, Merle Hay caters to amateurs and pin-toppling veterans alike with open bowling and league play for a variety of age and skill levels. Bowlers quench competition-induced thirsts at Bowlwinkles Lounge with a formidable lineup of drink specials. The bowling alley also plays host to a variety of special events including birthday parties and corporate outings, preventing coworkers from having to bowl in the alley behind the office.

3800 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines,
IA
US

More than a century ago, 216 S. Second St. in Winterset, Iowa, was the childhood address of John Wayne. Today, the four-room home houses the John Wayne Birthplace, a museum that celebrates the legendary actor's career and has attracted more than one million visitors to date. On display are rare photographs of Wayne, letters to him from fellow actors, and memorabilia from his films, including an eye patch he wore in True Grit .

216 S 2nd St
Winterset,
IA
US