Coronet Theatre

1411 Harrison Street,
Davenport, IA 52803

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Architects: Tevis C. Freeman

Previous Names: Uptown Theatre

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Coronet Theatre

The Uptown Theatre opened on May 13, 1930 with Maurice Chevalier in “The Love Parade”. Seating was listed at 490. It was located on Harrison Street between 14th Street & 15th Street. Changed names to the Coronet Theatre on January 12, 1951. In 1965 it was remodeled to the plans of architect Tevis C. Freeman. In the 1970’s it went over to an adult movie program.

The Coronet Theatre closed in 1980 and has since been demolished. There is a vacant lot where the theatre once stood.

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JeffAdamson on October 30, 2011 at 5:18 am

I remember the Coronet Theater before it went to adult films. It happened to grab on to the “Sound of Music” after the first run and showed that film for almost an entire year along with a few other films.

dustyalldaylong on July 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm

From a 2009 QC Times Article: “After the war, (Jim) Stopulos sold life insurance briefly and then opened the Coronet Theater on Davenport’s Washington Street at the suggestion of his brother-in-law, who ran an art theater in Iowa City. Later, he moved the Coronet to what had been the Uptown in the Harrison Hilltop neighborhood.

During his 25 years in the theater business, he also owned the Sierra in Moline, the Spruce Hills Twin in Bettendorf, the Central in Geneseo and the Strand in East Moline. He remained in the theater business until 1976, a time when competition from big chains made it difficult for independent operators to survive.

Kingrjking on December 29, 2015 at 11:08 am

In Davenport City Directories of 1930 thru 1949 the theater at 1411-13 Harrison is listed as the Uptown. In directories of 1951 thru 1984 it is listed as the Coronet. Julius Geertz, the king of Davenport neighborhood theaters, owned the Uptown. In March of 1951 Mr. Geertz sold the Uptown to Ernie Pannos and his associates, chief of whom was Jim Stopulos. Mr Stopulos made this theater locally famous as a venue for foreign films, but he also screened Hollywood features and his big triumph was his 62-week run of The Sound of Music. When I was a boy I went to the Coronet to see films like the Brit comedy The Baby and the Battleship, the Disney nature documentary Jungle Cat, the Three Stooges compilation film Stop! Look! and Laugh! hosted by Paul Winchell, the Brit horror film Village of the Damned, and many more. Thank you, Jim!

rivest266 on July 1, 2017 at 7:52 pm

This opened as coronet on January 12th, 1951. Grand opening ad in photo section.

dallasmovietheaters on October 29, 2017 at 11:24 am

The grand opening of the Uptown Theatre on May 13, 1930 with “The Love Parade”.

Moline architect Tevis C. Freeman was the architect who helped the Coronet Theatre’s remodel under James Stopulous that occurred between the Beatles' “Help” in 1965 and the theater’s historic run of “Sound of Music.” The Quad Cities longest-running film was “Sound of Music” running 73 weeks from November 10, 1965 to April 11, 1967. When “Dr. Zhivago” replaced “Sound of Music,” it played 25 weeks.

The final day of operation for the Coronet was June 26, 1984 as the city began a crack down on porn. The final show was “Too Much Too Soon” with Nikki Noel appearing live on stage. The theatre was razed for a mini-mall that was never developed.

DavidZornig on October 29, 2022 at 9:47 am

1945 image as Uptown Theatre added credit Retro Quad Cities via Facebook.

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