Capitol Theatre

330 W. 3rd Street,
Davenport, IA 52801

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CAPITOL Theatre; Davenport, Iowa.

The Capitol Theatre, typical of most movie palaces, began life on December 25, 1920 with William Faversham in “The Man Who Lost Himself”. Operating as a mixed use vaudeville and movies theatre, it later began showing movies only.

On each side of the main floor auditorium, which originally seated 2,500, it featured alcoves containing a grand piano on one side and a harp on the other. It also had a working Wicks pipe organ, which was maintained by the Theatre Organ Society. One of the resident organists was Carol M. Allbee. On the walls in the lobby, foyer, and upstairs were paintings, which were retouched in the late-1960’s. By 1941 the Capitol Theatre was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary A.H. Blank.

In the early-1970’s, the theatre switched to Spanish language films. During the 1980’s, it was also used as a Christian Center. From 1990 to 1994, it was a concert hall for country, jazz, and small touring acts, and then for local productions of ballet, community, and college theatre.

Recently, Scott Community College was endowed with the building that includes the Capitol Theatre. It was used as a non-profit rental hall for concerts, theatre, lectures, etc., but was closed in the Fall of 2010.

Contributed by Mike Geater

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

1937 photo added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 1, 2017 at 1:24 pm

Grand opening ad in photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 2, 2017 at 2:57 am

Reopened on December 29th, 1968. Grand opening ad in photo section.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on July 10, 2017 at 6:01 pm

1976 Bicentennial parade photo added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 27, 2017 at 5:17 pm

15th Anniversary December 1935 photo added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page. Haven’t fully cross referenced what’s on the marquee yet.

Therese M.
Therese M. on June 16, 2018 at 7:41 am

Would anyone have a copy of the pictures that were hanging on the the walls, etc of the Capitol building. Send to me.

TIA
Therese Tuckness
2018

Therese M.
Therese M. on June 29, 2018 at 6:52 am

What kind of pleures hung on walls?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on July 25, 2018 at 8:54 pm

History of the Wicks organ at the Capitol added in Photos section. 1998 image & copy added courtesy of the Davenport Iowa History Facebook page.

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