State Theatre

215 W. Third Street,
Davenport, IA 52801

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State Theatre on the right in this 1946 image.

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The Family Theatre was operating prior to 1913. It was renamed State Theatre in the late-1920’s, and operated until at least 1950.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 26, 2013 at 2:16 am

The Family Theatre was in operation at 215 Third Street by 1913, when it was mentioned in at least two issues of The Moving Picture World. A brief item in the August 21, 1915, issue of the same publication said that the Family Theatre was being remodeled into “…first class motion picture house….” at a cost of $10,000, and would be expanded to seat over 700 patrons. It was scheduled to reopen that month.

At some point, the American Theatre at 324 W. Third Street, which had been in operation since before 1910, was renamed the Family Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 26, 2013 at 2:36 am

Page 40 of Davenport, by Doug Smith (Google Books preview), features a 1920 photo of the Family Theatre at 215 West Third Street, so the name change from Family to State Theatre could have taken place no earlier than that year.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 15, 2014 at 11:24 pm

The March 6, 1915, issue of The Construction News said that Davenport architectural firm Clausen & Cruse had been hired to draw plans for the expansion and remodeling of the Family Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 19, 2014 at 11:14 pm

I’ve found references to the Family Theatre at this address as late as 1928.

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