Sunset Theatre

326 Cedar Street,
Davenport, IA 52802

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Sunset Theatre

Located at the intersection of Cedar Street and W. 4th Street. Originally opened in 1914 as the Deluxe Theatre, it later became the People’s Theatre, then in 1917 the Zenith Theatre. The ultra-modern neighbourhood Sunset Theatre reopened October 22, 1940 with 20th-Fox’s B&W “Star Dust”. In 1976, the building was converted into a branch of the Rudy’s Tacos chain.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm

This page of Rudy’s web site lists the location at 326 Cedar Street, so it must still be there.

In satellite view and street view, the building has an odd shape, with one corner chopped off. I’m having a hard time figuring out how the auditorium was configured in that irregular space. Has the building been altered since it ceased to be a theater?

Also, I see that Google Maps has screwed up again, putting the pin icon about four blocks too far east. As Cedar Street is clearly labeled on their map, I can’t imagine why they missed it with their pin.

Kingrjking on December 29, 2015 at 12:04 am

Beginning in the 1914 Davenport City Directory a theater, the Deluxe, is listed at s.w. corner of W. 4th and Cedar. Next the People’s is listed at same address. Then in 1917 thru 1940 directories the Zenith is listed here at 326 Cedar. Finally the Sunset is listed at 326 Cedar from 1941 thru 1957. Davenport Democrat newspaper article of Jan 7, 1959 mentioned that Sunset ceased to operate on Oct 29, 1958.

rivest266 on July 2, 2017 at 12:54 am

October 22nd, 1940 Grand opening ad as Sunset in the photo section.

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