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rebaanders commented about Capitol Theater on Apr 12, 2007 at 11:51 am

I last posted on 4/1/05 and today I read the posting by Dougman dated 7/26/06. That posting is very informative but I felt that I should correct some inaccuracies.

The Capitol Theater was purchased by the Capitol Theater Foundation as I reported in my previous post. This is not the same as the Friends of the Capitol Theater. I have been president of the Capitol Theater Foundation since its inception.

We have completely rebuilt the marquee but have done nothing to the interior. There is no full stage, no dressing rooms, no orchestra pit. This theater was built as a cinema house. There is nor has
there ever been an elevator in the theater. We are fortunate to have the original blue prints from Carl A Nelson.

We will be renovating the Theater and adjacent building into a mult-use performing arts center. We plan to show movies but will be expanding the stage and adding dresssing room in the adjacent building.

I wish I knew how to post a picture to this page as it is very attractive with the renovated marquee.

rebaanders commented about Capitol Theater on Apr 1, 2005 at 6:24 am

The Capitol Theater has been purchased by the Capitol Theater Foundation when the intend to restore it to a movie theater/performing arts center.
The original architect was Wetherall and Harrison and it was built by Carl A Nelson Company. It opened in 1937.

rebaanders commented about New History Channel Series Seeks Active Theater Restoration Projects on Dec 22, 2004 at 12:47 pm


We have a wonderful 1930’s Art Deco theatre that we are raising funds to renovate in Burlington Iowa. The facade is original, we are now raising funds to relight the marque which we hope to do this spring/summer. The interior will take much more in fundraising and grants. If you are interested I could Email you some pictures. I think it could be a good program if you want to focus on the marque, though in Jan/Feb the weather is very cold here in Iowa. The theatre is listed on the National Registry.

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