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DREAMLAND THEATRE. The Dreamland Theater relocated to a new location in 1916. (1) The building had been completed renovation "with exceptionally good ventilation" and had a seating capacity of three hundred. (2)

On May 28, 1932 a bomb made of black powder exploded under a porch on the south side of the theater damaging the porch and part of the theater's basement. Windows were broken in the theater and several other buildings in the area. The incident was the last of several attacks made on theaters owned by Ben Levenson. Preceding the bombing, three bottles of foul smelling chemicals had been left under theater seats--once at Dreamland and twice at the LIBERTY THEATRE. (3)

The 1909 Dubuque City Directory through the 1915 Dubuque City Directory stated that this business was located at 530 Main.

The 1916-1917 White's Dubuque County Directory through the 1929 Dubuque City Directory listed 506 Main as the address.


1. "Dreamland in New Home," Telegraph-Herald, February 15, 1916, p. 12

2. Ibid.

3. "Blast Breaks Many Windows at 5th and Main," Telegraph Herald, May 29, 1932, p. 1