American Theatre

324 W. 3rd Street,
Davenport, IA 52801

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The American Theatre was opened December 20, 1909. It was closed in 1918. It was demolished and the Kahl Building which contained the Capitol Theatre was built on the site.

Contributed by Kathy Mallin

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 25, 2013 at 9:35 pm

This page from Facebook user Davenport Iowa History has a photo of 3rd Street west from Harrison Street taken “about 1908” showing the American Theatre in the distance.

Kingrjking
Kingrjking on December 13, 2015 at 2:36 pm

In Davenport City Directories from 1909 through 1918 The American is listed at 324 W 3rd St. This theater was torn down to make way for the erection of the Kahl Bldg. The Kahl originally was a large office building which also housed the Capitol, an opulent theater boasting more than 2000 seats. A local newspaper article once claimed that the American was later the Col, a ballroom on W 4th St. This misunderstanding is probably due to the fact that Col and Kahl are homonyms.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 1, 2017 at 9:20 am

This opened on December 20th, 1909. Grand opening ad in photo section.

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