Unique Theatre

329 N. Brady Street,
Davenport, IA 52801

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Another one of the early downtown theatres. The Elite Theatre was opened August 6, 1904, with seating listed at 320. It was located on N. Brady Street between 3rd Street and 4th Street. It was renamed Unique Theatre May 1, 1905 presenting vaudeville. On April 15, 1911 it was renamed Majestic Theatre. In January 1916 it returned to the Unique Theatre name. By May 1916 it had been renamed Strand Theatre and it was closed in March 1917 to be converted into retail use.

The theatre has been demolished and is now a parking lot.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 31, 2015 at 1:28 am

The May 20, 1911, issue of Moving Picture World said that the Majestic Theatre, 329 Brady Street, Davenport, had recently opened.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on September 16, 2016 at 9:50 pm

Why was it called Unique Theatre?

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on October 27, 2017 at 5:42 am

This entry opened as the Elite Theatre on August 6, 1904 by F.A. Sater showing motion pictures. H.A. Sodini who ran a circuit of vaudeville houses under the Unique Theatre nameplate changed took over the Elite renaming it the Unique Theatre on May 1, 1905 adding some live acts.

On April 15, 1911, the theatre was under new management and became the Majestic Theatre. In 1914, the theatre was sold and reverted to the Unique Theatre. On January 5, 1915, the theatre returned to its Majestic Theatre nameplate under new management. In January of 1916, it continued as the Unique Theatre. By May of 1916, the theatre became the new Strand Theatre.

The building was put up for lease when the Strand closed in March of 1917 when the Strand closed. It was converted for retail purposes becoming a phonograph and sewing machine store in May of 1917.

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