After a 13-year-long renovation process, an eastern Iowa icon and a focal point of downtown Davenport is finally slated to reopen!

The Capitol Theatre in Davenport, IA underwent $24 million in renovations that included the preservation of the theater's gold elevators, gorgeous marble flooring, artwork, and plasterwork. The theater, located at 330 West 3rd Street, is scheduled to have a ribbon cutting to commemorate its reopening on Wednesday, July 12th at 3pm, per WQAD.

Beyond the renovations made to the theater itself, the 10-story structure, known as the Kahl Building, has also been repurposed to house 65 apartment units, which are ready to be rented to new tenants, per a Downtown Davenport Partnership press release. Studio, one, and two-bedroom options are available to potential dwellers.

The Capitol Theatre is already looking ahead to concerts, with rock band Blackberry Smoke coming to the Quad Cities on September 29th. It will be the first concert at Capitol since it closed in September 2010.

The Capitol Theatre is famous for many different concerts, but is probably best known for being the venue where Buddy Holly's last tour, merely five days before the singer's tragic death at aged 22 in a plane crash in Clear Lake, IA.
The venue is designed to be a catch-all for live music, films, lectures, plays, and other theatrical performances. Beyond the building being essential to the look and feel of downtown Davenport, its restoration will surely usher in a new era of arts and entertainment for the bustling Quad Cities.
You can find out more about the Capitol Theatre's renovations and reopening on WQAD's website, and more about Blackberry Smoke's upcoming performance on First Fleet Concerts' website.

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