The Capitol Theater

211 N. Third St., Burlington, Iowa

An Art Deco styled theater from the 1930s, closed in 1977, restored and reopened in 2012

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The Capitol Theater

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in November 2013

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Description 

This gem of a theater opened in 1937 but like most urban theaters, came on hard times in the 1970s. It closed on April 29, 1977, fell into disuse and began to deteriorate from lack of care.

In 2005, a 501(c)3 organization called the Capitol Theater Foundation purchased the building with the intention of restoring the theater and reopening it. The marquee was taken down and restored, renovations were made to the interior including new seats and replicating the original entrance doors. The theater reopened on June 1, 2012 and is available for rent.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 22, 1996
Reference number
96001373
Architectural styles
Modern Movement: Art Deco; Modern Movement: Moderne
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Theater
Period of significance
1925-1949
Significant year
1937

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2017: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • November 3, 2013: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status, Added Description and Added Photos

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