Ioka Memories

Imagine the Ioka in its heyday… towns people lining up to see the latest picture, illuminated by the neon marquee boasting the film legends of the time like Barrymore and Ayers. Picture such black and white images captured on film with a deep “movie trailer” voice narrating…”Winter or summer, time passes as quickly in Exeter as anywhere else. From the earliest days of the movies, there has been a picture theater in town…” Such is the snapshot in time discovered in a 1941 information reel about Exeter, a glimpse into the rich history of daily life in a quaint town; bygone memories perhaps, until now.

Do you remember the Ioka? As the Exeter Theater company comes ever closer to securing the 1,000 members needed to lease the recently purchased Ioka under extremely favorable terms and begin the exciting renovation efforts to bring this historic theater back to life, we want to hear your stories of the Ioka from days gone by.

Perhaps you remember the exhilaration of seeing your first “talkie,” the giggling joy watching those Little Rascals in their many adventures, being captivated by the drama and breathtaking color of “Gone with the Wind,” your first date (or kiss) in the balcony watching Annette and the Beach Blanket crowd singing in the sand, or the annual Halloween treks with your own children to see the ever popular “Wizard of Oz.” Perhaps you have an old ticket stub or program lovingly tucked away in an attic box? Wherever they may lie, we’d love to help uncover your Ioka stories!

As we continue on the exciting journey to breathe life into an old friend, we want to honor the history that has brought us this far as we usher the Ioka toward its bright new future together. Have a story you’d like to share? Email us at or call the Ioka memories chairperson, Kat Murphy, at 603-583-5588.

What’s your Ioka memory?


Great reasons to join at these local spots!

Not a member yet? Join at one of these local businesses! Hurry in before our March 31st deadline….

Join as a member at one of these businesses and receive:

Acorn Hair Salon – $10 gift certificate
Brentwood Country Animal Hospital – $10 off of an office visit
Graham Tire - FREE lube-oil/filter w/ membership sign up
The Green Bean – $10 gift certificate
Inn by the Bandstand- “Stay any Sun-Thu in Feb, March or April and we will donate $20 of your room cost to the Ioka”
La Cave à Vin - $10-$100 gift certificates
Las Olas – Free burrito
My Reis Salon – $10 gift certificate
Pimentos – $10 gift card
Tranquility Salon & Skin Care – $10 gift certificate


Gift Certificates for weekly drawings thanks to:

Acorn Hair Salon
Arbonne – Lynne Ganley
Fresh Fish Daley
Exeter Country Club
Exeter Bowling Lanes
Seacoast Happy Hour
Tranquility Salon & Skin Care


Membership information available at:

11 Water Street
Access Sports & Ortho
Amanda Steere/Scentsy
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words
Billingsgate Deli
Blue Moon
Exeter Copy & More
Exeter Jewelers
Front Row Pizza
The Loaf & Ladle
On the Vine
The Provident Bank
Seacoast Artist Association
Water Street Bookstore
The Wingate Salon & Spa

And other places we can’t keep track of, but are grateful to!

Closing on 600!

Another message from the one and only Jon Greenberg…

We’re just about at the 600 mark, and only have 400 or so more members to go to meet our goal by March 31st! We need your help to get this theater up and running again! Please sign up today!

Beer Tasting for the Ioka!

Bonta will be holding an “Evening of Beer Tasting” in support of the Ioka Theater revival effort. This is a great opportunity for those who have not yet become members to join and support local arts while also enjoying an evening of beer and great food! In addition to that, anyone who joins as a member at the restaurant that night will receive a $10 gift certificate to use on their next visit to Bonta! Pretty good deal!

We hope you can join us for
Evening of Beer Tasting
in support of the IOKA Theater

Thursday, March 15th from 5-7pm

Come support the local arts and learn about the
IOKA Theater Membership opportunities
while enjoying tasty Bonta hors d’oeuvres
and craft brew favorites!

$30 per person
(Price includes Beer Samplings, Saint Patrick’s Day
inspired Appetizers, taxes and gratuity

Some flavors will include… Sam Adams, Smuttynose,
Guinness, Red Hook, Moretti, Murphy’s Stout and more


Space is limited so call Pamela
for reservations today 603-929-7972