American Theatre

324 W. 3rd Street,
Davenport, IA 52801

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 20, 2014 at 4:14 am

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 26, 2013 at 7:35 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 American could not have been renamed the Family any earlier than that year.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 26, 2013 at 5:35 am

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.