Adler Theatre

136 E. 3rd Street,
Davenport, IA 52801

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DavidZornig on October 3, 2021 at 1:29 am

Reopened as Adler Theatre on Thursday January 9, 1986 with the New York based trio Mozart on Fifth. Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center Facebook link with 3 images including the Quad-City Times article about the reopening.

DavidZornig on April 18, 2019 at 11:39 pm

Link with photos of the Alder, Capitol and others.

DavidZornig on June 12, 2018 at 1:16 am

New sign going up, May 2018 photo added credit Retro Quad Cities Facebook page.

DavidZornig on April 3, 2018 at 1:55 pm

Marquee being removed today.

DavidZornig on October 29, 2017 at 11:07 pm

November 27, 1947 photo in below link.

rivest266 on July 1, 2017 at 11:16 pm

Grand opening ad in the photo section.

DavidZornig on May 12, 2017 at 3:24 am

14 photos & copy added courtesy of the Davenport Iowa History Facebook page.

DavidZornig on May 12, 2017 at 2:50 am

June 16, 1972 photo and copy added courtesy of the Davenport Iowa History Facebook page.

DavidZornig on April 22, 2017 at 3:02 am

1953 photo added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page.

DavidZornig on April 22, 2017 at 2:59 am

November 25, 1931 photo and copy added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page. The banner in the foreground reads in part “Welcome New RKO Orpheum. Opens 6pm, Wed. Nov. 25.”

atmos on September 14, 2016 at 6:58 am

I have just discovered that Graven & Mayger discontinued their association in 1930.

atmos on September 13, 2016 at 3:55 pm

Surprised to see George Rapp name here.Graven & Mayger left the firm of Rapp & Rapp and formed their own firm in 1926.

DavidZornig on June 28, 2015 at 5:33 am

1976 Joe Cocker poster added, designed by and courtesy of long time Chicago graphic artist Shelley Howard.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm

The original interior of the RKO Orpheum Theatre was designed by the noted industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss. A photo of one of the lighting fixtures he designed for the theater can be seen on page 60 of Twentieth Century Limited: Industrial Design In America 1925-1939, by Jeffrey Meikle (Google Books preview.)

TomBarrister on September 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm

136 would be about right. The (then) Mississippi Hotel’s address was 106. The hotel stands right at 3rd and Brady (a one-way, and the main road north from downtown). Down the street to the east wass the Blackhawk Hotel; about a block west was the Davenport. Those were the three main hotels of their day. They’re all still open, although I believe as apartments.

The Orpheum was a huge theater; it and the Fort in Rock Island got all of the best movies in their day. The prefab multi-screen theaters came into existence in the late 60s, and they put almost all of the downtown theaters on both sides of the river out of business within a few years. Fortunately, this and the Fort (the biggest on the Illinois side of the Quad Cities) are both still open, albeit not as movie houses anymore.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on June 23, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Boxoffice magazine of September 15, 1956 has two small photos of the revamping of the marquee:
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hondo59 on July 17, 2008 at 6:50 am

Cary Grant fell ill here on November 29, 1986 while preparing for his one-man show entitled “Conversations with Cary Grant.” He died later that night at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 20, 2008 at 4:53 am

In 1923, businesses on the opposite side of the 100 block of E. 3rd Street from the future site of the Adler included a small theatre called the Mirror, seen at far left in this photograph.

jstep on January 18, 2008 at 8:54 pm

That marquee if awful.

jstep on November 3, 2006 at 12:27 pm

The Adler was just reopened after over a year of extensive renovation to the stage so it can attract more broadway plays. Plus, it will be celebrating it’s 75th anniversary.

Read more here.

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JimRankin on June 10, 2005 at 5:28 pm

Recent color photos of this theatre can be found on the site: “America’s Stunning Theatres” by photographer and stagehand Noah Kern at: Comments and information may be left there without registration; such can be public view or only to Mr. Kern. Scroll down the page to find the name, and then click on the sample image above it to be taken to the page of photos of it.

kurt1 on January 9, 2005 at 4:18 am

I was an Usher at the former RKO Orpheum Theatre from 1966-68,under the tutelage of the late Milt Troehler,long time manager of the Theatre.I loved the theatre and my experiences there!

Kurt J. Noack

William on December 5, 2003 at 5:36 pm

As the RKO Orpheum Theatre it seated 2708 people.