Hugh Jackman will help reopen a forgotten Iowa cinema after his agent Patrick Whitesell took over the old place and renovated it.

The William Morris Endeavor co-Ceo and his father spent almost $600,000 (£400,000) to buy and revamp the bankrupt Iowa Falls Metropolitan Opera House, and it will relaunch this month (Sep13) with his client Jackman's new film Prisoners.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Whitesell was just six years old when his father took him to see Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at the local cinema and he has been a fan of the theatre ever since.

When he learned bosses at Iowa theatre chain Big Time Cinema had declared bankruptcy, he stepped in to save the 114-year-old building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The place will reopen its doors on 21 September, when Jackman hosts the premiere of his new thriller.

The actor tells the publication, "When Patrick told me about what he was doing with his dad for the theatre in his hometown, I immediately wanted to be involved. It's not your typical place for a premiere, but the story behind the theatre was just so compelling, I had to be there."

All 100 $100 (£67) tickets for Saturday's premiere sold out within 35 minutes.

The two-cinema theatre will also screen Jackman's The Wolverine from Saturday (21Sep13).