The Ioka Theater has been a historic landmark in Exeter’s Downtown history since it opened as a silent movie theater in 1915. Sadly, the iconic theater had been shuttered for over a century before being redeveloped. Working with the town Historic District Commission, the team at Market Square Architects planned an adaptive re-use of the building, converting it from a theater into 2 floors of condominiums, a floor of retail, and a basement with a speakeasy overlooking the river. The shell of the building was preserved within the original 5,000 footprint with a new steel structure added internally to create new floors within the building, balconies overlooking the river on each floor, and a rooftop deck for residents. The goal being to maintain the look and feel of the original theater building while updating it with new functions and ADA accessibility.



Ioka Theater Market Square Architects
Ioka Theater Market Square Architects

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