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About the Capitol Theatre

The Historic Capitol Theatre is located in the Hotel Maytag Building on First Street on the Square in Downtown Newton.  It opened in 1927 as a Vaudeville and single-screen theatre and could seat 585 people. The Hotel was the first commercial building west of the Mississippi to have air-conditioning.  It was built by Fred Maytag who was the founder of the Maytag Washing Machine Company.

With advancements in technology, and the development of the platter system, movie theaters no longer needed 2 projectors to play one movie.  They could now play a complete movie on each projector.  So, in 1988 the one big theater was divided down the middle into 2 theaters.  Each theater then seated around 270 people, including the balcony.

Dawn and Paul Bleeker began operating the theater in late 2012.  At the time it was still using 35mm film projection equipment.  In November of 2014, to keep up with technology advancements, both theaters were converted from 35mm to digital projection, and new sound equipment and screens were also installed. 

Just before taking over the theater in 2012, The Bleeker's convinced the Newton City Council to allow pigs as pets, and acquired a pet minipig named Joy.  Since they were spending a great deal of time revamping the theater, Joy came along, and soon became the theatre mascot.  She now has her own "Diva dressing room" in the front of the theatre, with a big picture window so people can stroll by and greet Joy.  During warmer months, Joy will frequently do tricks for guests between shows, out under the marquee. Check out Joy's Page for more details, and like Joy's Facebook page if you want to keep up on all of her travels and antics.  If you are coming for a visit, and would like to meet Joy, please contact us in advance.

The Maytag Hotel and Theatre is currently going through a major remodel and restoration project.  The Capitol Theatre has been remodeled and as of Friday, Nov. 9th 2018 it was reopened for business.  The Theatres and Lobby were restored back to their original grandeur, with very ornate mouldings, and original fixturing throughout.  Modern Luxury Recliners and Rich Rockers have been installed on the main floor.  The movie screens were expanded a full 3 feet, making them nearly wall-to-wall.  And the sound system was upgraded to Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound.  The Concession Stand was also totally remodelled allowing for a wider variety of beverage choices, as well as the ability to serve more food items.  The balconies will also be remodeled, as well as the marquee.  Both should be completed in early spring 2019, making the Capitol Theatre complete.  We will add new pictures as the different areas are completed.

Click on the picture below to watch a brief promotional video about the Maytag Hotel and the renovations that are planned.

Learn more about the Hotel Maytag Rennovation!

Please Contact Us if you have any questions.

Capitol II Theatre

116 1st Street North
Newton, IA 50208
Phone: 641-792-FLIX (3549)