Capri Theatre III

218 6th Avenue South,
Clinton, IA 53732

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Opened by 1915 as the Orpheum Theatre. The Capitol Theatre reopened in 1936 with seating listed at 1,002. The theatre was located right next door to the Rialto Theatre. By 1941 it was operated by A.H. Blank, a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures Inc. In 1969 it was acquired by Central State Theatres twinned and renamed the Capri III seating 599. The theatre was open until 2002 and after closing it was demolished along with its neighbor the Cinema I.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 18, 2010 at 6:28 pm

On Feb. 10 1969,Manager Irving Shiffrin went after the students of Clinton with a big promotion on “HELGA”. he said “I sold the movie as necessary student fare”.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm

On Feb. 10 1969,Manager Irving Shiffrin went after the students of Clinton with a big promotion on “HELGA”. he said “I sold the movie as necessary student fare”.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 15, 2014 at 2:52 pm

This history of Clinton’s theaters from the Centennial Edition of the Clinton Herald, June 18, 1955, does not give Clinton Theatre as an aka for the former Orpheum. At some point the house was renamed the Capitol Theatre, which was the name it was operating under in 1955.

It was still being advertised as the Capitol Theatre as late as 1966. By 1970, it had been renamed the Capri Theatre, but was still operating as a single-screen house. The conversion of the balcony to two small auditoriums and the renaming as Capri III Theatre took place in the 1980s.

The Facebook page Clinton Movie Theatres has a few photos of the house as the Orpheum and the Capri, including a couple of interior shots. There are also some ads for the Capitol and Capri.

CEC Theatres bought the house prior to building the Clinton 8 Theatre in 2003. After the opening of the Clinton 8, CEC sold the Cinema I and Capri III buildings with the stipulation that they not be used as movie theaters, and they were demolished in 2004.

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