Group to cease operating Capitol Theatre
Stephanie De Pasquale | Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 9:35 am |
The lights will be turned off once again at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Davenport, this time the victim of the economic downturn as well as fears that the almost-90-year-old building’s physical systems could fail at any moment.
The onetime movie palace, which stopped showing first-run films in 1977, will remain open and honor all dates committed through June 5. After that, the Eastern Iowa Community College District, which owns the building, will honor contracts for several events booked through the fall and then weatherize the building to prevent any further deterioration while trying to find a new tenant.
Since 2008, the historic building has been leased by Capitol Theatre LLC. At first, the organization struggled to gain momentum. But getting enough patrons through the doors has not been an issue of late. General manager Lon Bozarth said recent shows at the 1,500-capacity building have averaged 500 patrons. Some events, such as Burlesque Le’Moustache, a Gov’t Mule concert and a big-screen telecast of the premiere of “American Pickers” — a cable show featuring two LeClaire, Iowa, men — drew crowds of 1,000. A Bryan Adams acoustic concert this winter nearly filled the theater with an audience of 1,400.