Adler Theatre

136 E. 3rd Street,
Davenport, IA 52801

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Adler Theatre

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Opened as the 2,708-seat Orpheum Theatre on November 25, 1931, it was part of the RKO circuit of theatres. The movie house lasted for 42 years, closing in 1973 amid competition from suburban multiplexes.

Following its closure, the Orpheum Theatre became a venue for stage shows and concerts and was eventually donated to the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

The theatre was restored between 1984 and 1986 with much of its Art Deco interior returning. Today, the renamed Adler Theatre continues to delight Davenport residents.

Contributed by Mike Geater, Monte

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jstep on November 3, 2006 at 7:27 am

The Adler was just reopened after over a year of extensive renovation to the stage so it can attract more broadway plays. Plus, it will be celebrating it’s 75th anniversary.

Read more here.

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jstep on January 18, 2008 at 3:54 pm

That marquee if awful.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 19, 2008 at 11:53 pm

In 1923, businesses on the opposite side of the 100 block of E. 3rd Street from the future site of the Adler included a small theatre called the Mirror, seen at far left in this photograph.

hondo59 on July 17, 2008 at 1:50 am

Cary Grant fell ill here on November 29, 1986 while preparing for his one-man show entitled “Conversations with Cary Grant.” He died later that night at St. Luke’s Hospital.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on June 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Boxoffice magazine of September 15, 1956 has two small photos of the revamping of the marquee:
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TomBarrister on September 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm

136 would be about right. The (then) Mississippi Hotel’s address was 106. The hotel stands right at 3rd and Brady (a one-way, and the main road north from downtown). Down the street to the east wass the Blackhawk Hotel; about a block west was the Davenport. Those were the three main hotels of their day. They’re all still open, although I believe as apartments.

The Orpheum was a huge theater; it and the Fort in Rock Island got all of the best movies in their day. The prefab multi-screen theaters came into existence in the late 60s, and they put almost all of the downtown theaters on both sides of the river out of business within a few years. Fortunately, this and the Fort (the biggest on the Illinois side of the Quad Cities) are both still open, albeit not as movie houses anymore.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm

The original interior of the RKO Orpheum Theatre was designed by the noted industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss. A photo of one of the lighting fixtures he designed for the theater can be seen on page 60 of Twentieth Century Limited: Industrial Design In America 1925-1939, by Jeffrey Meikle (Google Books preview.)

DavidZornig on June 28, 2015 at 12:33 am

1976 Joe Cocker poster added, designed by and courtesy of long time Chicago graphic artist Shelley Howard.

atmos on September 13, 2016 at 10:55 am

Surprised to see George Rapp name here.Graven & Mayger left the firm of Rapp & Rapp and formed their own firm in 1926.

atmos on September 14, 2016 at 1:58 am

I have just discovered that Graven & Mayger discontinued their association in 1930.

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