Capitol Theater

211 N. Third Street,
Burlington, IA 52601

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Capitol Theater

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One of the most modern and luxurious theaters of its time, the Capitol Theater symbolized hope for Burlington in the darkest days of the Depression. Opened on July 1, 1937 with “The Prince and the Pauper”. Its stunning Art Deco style facade is the most significant remaining element, as its 700 seats were removed and the structure became unstable.

The Capitol Theater fell victim to competition from a nearby multiplex and was mothballed on March 29, 1977 with Piper Laurie in “Carrie” being the final film. In 1996 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

After laying dormant for 35 years, it is set to reopened on June 1, 2012 as a movie theatre & live performance theatre.

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kencmcintyre on April 12, 2007 at 12:11 pm

If you have a photo saved as a jpg file on your desktop, you can sign on to photobucket and upload the jpg into your photobucket album. It will then be an url that you can post onto the CT page.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 11, 2008 at 9:28 am

Here is a photo of the Capitol Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 20, 2009 at 10:06 am

This is a nice 2009 photo of the Capitol Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 26, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Here is a July 2009 photo.

DPIdirector on August 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm

The non-profit Capitol Theater Foundation was awarded a $1 million I-JOBS grant for the renovation of the historic building. Under the terms of the grant, the theater will be reopened in 2012! View link

TLSLOEWS on August 17, 2010 at 2:07 pm

That is good news DPI,from the photos I have seen looks nice from the outside,good luck to them.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 8, 2010 at 4:47 am

The Capitol was designed by the Des Moines architectural firm Wetherell & Harrison. The caption on this Flickr photo page has the story.

CSWalczak on September 18, 2010 at 11:34 pm

A recent block party was recently thrown to raise funds and give tours of the theater prior to its renovation into a performing arts center: View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm

The Capitol Theater now has a web site. The renovated house is scheduled to reopen on June 1.

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