Town Theatre

1518 Washington Street,
Davenport, IA 52804

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Mr. Otto Smallfield opened the Smallfield Theatre in 1914. The theatre was located on Washington Street right at 16th Street. This area at the time was a 90% German neighborhood. From 1916 thru 1929 it was known as the Eagle Theatre, from 1929 thru 1933 the Northwest Theatre. It then became the Washington Theatre, the Times Theatre and finally the Town Theatre.

The theatre closed in 1953, probably worn out from having so many names. The building still stands though.

Any further information on this theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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Kingrjking on December 28, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Theaters listed in Davenport City Directory at 1518 Washington are Smallfield 1914-15, Eagle 1916-28, Northwest 1929-33, Washington 1936-40, Times 1941-49, Town 1951. In March 1951 Daily Times news story it says that Ernie Pannos and Jim Stopulos were operating their Coronet theater at 1518 Washington since Jan 12, 1951 but would transfer their activities to the Uptown at 1413 Harrison. Pannos was quoted referring to the Uptown as the “new Coronet”. The theater on Harrison would be locally famous as the Coronet and today few remember that the theater on Washington was ever called the Coronet for a few weeks before it closed.

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