American Theatre

324 W. 3rd Street,
Davenport, IA 52801

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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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 25, 2013 at 11:35 pm

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 American could not have been renamed the Family any earlier than that year.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 19, 2014 at 8:14 pm

There is a problem with this listing. If the American Theatre was at 324 W. Third Street, unless there has been drastic renumbering on the block, it had to have been under the footprint of the building the Capitol Theatre is in at 230 W. Third. If the Capitol was built in 1920, and the Family Theatre at 213-215 W. Third was still in operation in 1920, there was no time for the American to have been renamed Family Theatre. The Family Theatre was still at 213 W. Third as late as 1928.

I don’t recall the source for the aka Family Theatre for the American, but I think it was listed as an aka on this page when I first commented in 2013. I now doubt that the American Theatre ever had that aka.

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.

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