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

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 13, 2012 at 9:44 am

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
DavidZornig on June 27, 2015 at 9:33 pm

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

atmos
atmos on September 13, 2016 at 7:55 am

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

atmos
atmos on September 13, 2016 at 10:58 pm

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

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 21, 2017 at 6:59 pm

November 25, 1931 photo and copy added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page. The banner in the foreground reads in part “Welcome New RKO Orpheum. Opens 6pm, Wed. Nov. 25.”

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 21, 2017 at 7:02 pm

1953 photo added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 11, 2017 at 6:50 pm

June 16, 1972 photo and copy added courtesy of the Davenport Iowa History Facebook page.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 11, 2017 at 7:24 pm

14 photos & copy added courtesy of the Davenport Iowa History Facebook page.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 1, 2017 at 3:16 pm

Grand opening ad in the photo section.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm

November 27, 1947 photo in below link.

http://www.umvphotoarchive.org/digital/collection/scdpl/id/3107

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