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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.

In 1988 the one big theater was divided down the middle into 2 theaters.  Each theater now seats 270 people, including the balcony.  You can still use the original seats from 1927, which are up in the balconies.

Dawn and Paul Bleeker began operating the theater in late 2012. In 2014, both theaters were converted from 35mm film to digital projection, and new sound equipment and screens were also installed.  They have a pet minipig named Joy, which has become the theater mascot.  During warmer months Joy will frequently do tricks for guests between shows outside under the marquee. Check out Joy's Page for more details.  If you are coming for a visit, and would like to meet Joy, please contact us in advance.

The Maytag Hotel will be going through a major remodel and restoration project in 2018-2019, with the Theatre slated to be remodeled sometime in the fall.

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

Please Contact Us if you have any questions.

Capitol II Theatre

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