Five Flags Center

405 Main Street,
Dubuque, IA 52001

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First known as the Majestic Theatre, this theater was modeled after the original Moulin Rouge in Paris. It opened on November 16, 1910 with a seating capacity for 1,400. It was later the Spensley Orpheum Theatre and later RKO Orpheum Theatre when it was a film venue.

Today, it is known as the Five Flags Center and presents several types of entertainment, including nationally-known musicians, professional theater groups, and other live events.

Contributed by Mike Geater

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jeffkorns
jeffkorns on March 9, 2002 at 3:57 pm

The theatre architects were Rapp and Rapp. It was built in about 1910.

William
William on December 5, 2003 at 9:43 am

The RKO Orpheum Theatre seated 1000 people.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 5, 2007 at 3:10 pm

Here is one of the Library of Congress photos from Ed Wilke’s link. There are twelve if you happen across the site:
http://tinyurl.com/34er8t

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 5, 2007 at 5:25 pm

Here’s another view from a different LOC page:
http://tinyurl.com/2uk89g

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 14, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Here is another LOC photo, no date given:
http://tinyurl.com/2mrqwe

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm

The first all-talking movie, Lights of New York, began a run at the Majestic Theatre on August 5, 1928.
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Although the former Majestic Theater is part of the Five Flags Center, the theater itself is billed as the Five Flags Theater (move Street View closer and see the name on the windows.)

Encyclopedia Dubuque has pages for the Majestic Theatre, which features three interior photos, and for the Orpheum Theatre, which has a photo showing the facade.

The line in the introduction saying that the Majestic was modeled after the original Moulin Rouge in Paris doesn’t make sense, as this is what the original Moulin Rouge looked like.

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