Capitol Theatre

330 W. 3rd Street,
Davenport, IA 52801

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50sSNIPES on February 11, 2021 at 9:05 am

According To The Quad City Times, The Capitol Became A Triple-X Rated Theater On May 18, 1978.

50sSNIPES on December 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Actually In 1973, The Capitol Still Ran American First-Run Films In English According To The Dispatch Of Moline, Illinois. At The Time, The Capitol In Davenport And The Parkway In Rock Island Both Played Showdown And The Reissue Of Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins At The Time. So I’m Not Sure If The Capitol Ran Spanish Films For A Very Short Amount Of Time Or Maybe They Started Running Spanish Films By The Mid-1970s.

I Will Find It Out Later On…

DavidZornig on July 23, 2019 at 4:07 pm

Ten 2017 photos added credit Dave Parker.

DavidZornig on July 25, 2018 at 8:54 pm

History of the Wicks organ at the Capitol added in Photos section. 1998 image & copy added courtesy of the Davenport Iowa History Facebook page.

Therese M.
Therese M. on June 29, 2018 at 6:52 am

What kind of pleures hung on walls?

Therese M.
Therese M. on June 16, 2018 at 7:41 am

Would anyone have a copy of the pictures that were hanging on the the walls, etc of the Capitol building. Send to me.

Therese Tuckness

DavidZornig on August 27, 2017 at 5:17 pm

15th Anniversary December 1935 photo added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page. Haven’t fully cross referenced what’s on the marquee yet.

DavidZornig on July 10, 2017 at 6:01 pm

1976 Bicentennial parade photo added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page.

rivest266 on July 2, 2017 at 2:57 am

Reopened on December 29th, 1968. Grand opening ad in photo section.

rivest266 on July 1, 2017 at 1:24 pm

Grand opening ad in photo section.

DavidZornig on April 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

1937 photo added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page.

Therese M.
Therese M. on February 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Carol M. Allbee mentioned above, she Performed back in 1974 on the Pipe Organ that was at the Capital Theater, in Davenport, Iowa. Carol was a professional Pianist and Organist all her life. She began at age 4 years old, Detroit, Michigan.

Memorial of her is found on

By: Therese T. 2014

Mikki on January 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I see this building has all been but abandoned. What a shame. I am 63 years old and this was the cream of the crop of places to go as a teenage to see Elvis, Buddy Holly, and all the other greats in movies. John Wayne and Roy Rogers. What happened to our society that such grand and out of this world this building was to so many of us Iowa Farm-girls? Why it was a total dream to walk into this glamorous, exciting place so you could watch your favorite heroines and hero’s come to life on the giant screens of yesterday. Let’s not let this building go to waste, surely there is someone or some group that will or could bring this theater back to it’s former glory. I use to run my hands down the railing to go to the restroom, and touch the carpet, the shiny walls in the bathroom. I mean your reading this from a gal who didn’t even have socks to wear at 10-12 years old that hadn’t been through a couple cousins before me already.. My Dad was disabled from bad heart condition aggravated by shrapnel he still had in his body from WW11 and we never even had a soda pop till I was 14 years old. Please let’s show our grandkids how beautiful the Capitol Theater was back in 1956 and how much it meant to us 60+ farm girls in Iowa..

wisdoug on October 8, 2010 at 11:31 am

As reported on its own website, the Capitol Theater is once again closed. It’s a true shame this gem can’t be successfully operated.

riverboatqueen51 on April 15, 2009 at 8:07 am

I have many fond memories of the Capitol Theatre when my husband and I worked there. To me the highlight of the season was the “Silent Movie Nights” where a guest theatre organ artist was brought in by the local theatre organ group. A theatre organ concert, sing a long and silent movie accompanied by the organ was included in the ticket price. I also remember the local organ group playing a mini concert for the senior citizens on Wednesday afternoons which also included a special old movie usually a musical. My husband wanting to make it affordable for the pensioners and only charged $1.00 admission. They loved it!

spectrum on September 28, 2008 at 10:41 am

Looks like they’re planning to do more renovations beyond lobby and restrooms – primarily in the backstage area.

Also they’ve expanded beyond concerts; their current schedule includes ballet and opera as well.

Davenport on June 3, 2008 at 9:27 pm

Hey gang,

I’m doing some research on a documentary project on the Winter Dance Party tour of 1959 and the troupe’s (which included Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper) stop at the Capitol Theatre on January 29th, 1959.

Please e-mail me if you know of anyone who was there or could have been there. It would be very, very appreciated. Thank you. It is a gorgeous theatre with such a rich history.

E-mail address:

Thank you!

jstep on January 10, 2008 at 2:21 pm

A company called Nvents has just taken over management for the Capitol Theater. The bathrooms have been expanded plus a bar, more lighting and stage improvements have all been added.
Here’s a link to the website.

It looks like it’s going to be a more of a concert venue.
At least it’s being used!

mwspenge on May 8, 2007 at 3:28 pm

The Capitol is in need of more than a coat of paint. The roof is leaking over stage right, most of the upper left balcony has lost its plaster on the side wall, the paintings on the auditorium ceiling have damage, the basement usally has a ½ in. of water etc. In addition the lobby has one unisex restroom, the mens restroom is located in the basement and the second floor may not have any that are working.

Many issues must be addressed if this house is to survive. All efforts to entice a local theatre performance group to make the Capitol “Home” have failed, evan though the QC area has a symphony, two ballets, an opera co. and a fistfull of performance groups. The Adler has crowded the Capitol out, at least funding-wise. The community will have to want to keep the theatre alive.

jstep on May 7, 2007 at 10:35 am

Scott Community College and the City of Davenport have actually been utilizing this theater. A few acts are booked every month. It could use a few coats of paint but it’s still very beautiful on the inside.

mwspenge on May 7, 2007 at 10:27 am

If anyone is in Davenport, and has time, the lobby of the Kahl Educational Center is open most days that Scott Community College is in session. The Lobby is quite decortive and the elevators are real fast, (fun) and in the lobby office, are set of Prof. larg. format (10x20 in?) photos of the Capitol auditorium in full color and well lighted. I think they were shot in the 70’s. Wish Scott College would re-produce them as posters. Glad other folks know and care about this fine theatre.