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History of Five Flags Center

The Five Flags Center is a multi-purpose facility in downtown Dubuque, which was named for the five flags of countries that have, at one point in time, flown over the city of Dubuque.
  • The Fleur de Lis of France (1673–1763)
  • The Royal Flag of Spain (1763–1803)
  • The Union Jack of Great Britain (1780, during a brief interruption of Spanish rule)
  • The French Republic Flag of Napoleon (1803)
  • The United State's of America's Stars and Stripes (1803–Present)
Formally known as the Majestic Theatre, the existing theater was designed and built around 1911 by C.W. and George L. Rapp of Chicago, who then went on to become America's premier theater architects. From 1929 to 1933,the theater was owned and operated by local prominent businessman Harker Brentnal Spensley, Sr. Spensley, who was the president and manager, named the theater "The Spensley." Four years later, it became part of the RKO film theater circuit and was renamed the RKO Orpheum. By 1969, the building had fallen into disrepair and was scheduled for demolition during Urban Renewal.

A committee of concerned citizens, led by Wayne Andrew Norman, Sr. launched a fundraiser to save the theater, which was integrated into the Five Flags Center project in 1972. Restoration begun in 1975, and the theater reopened in 1976 as the Five Flags Theater. It is currently the home of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, high school musicals, as well as concerts and ballet productions.

The Five Flags Arena was conceived as part of a project to rehabilitate the Five Flags Theater. Construction of the arena began in 1976, and the facility had its grand opening on March 24, 1979. The $3.7 million complex wrapped around the theater and extended north between Locust and Main Streets.

The Center features an arena with seating capacity of 4,700. The arena be converted for use as an exhibition hall and an ice rink with the removal of an insulated floor laid over the ice. The Five Flags Center was the former home of the Dubuque Fighting Saints (1980-2001) of the United States Hockey League from 1980–2001 and the home of the Dubuque Thunderbirds hockey team of the Central States Hockey League from 2001–2010.

In 2004, the City of Dubuque exchanged management of the building to SMG Worldwide Entertainment and Convention Venue Management, who currently manages the facilities today. By 2015, the size and age of the building began to limit potential revenue opportunities. In 2016, the Dubuque City Council approved $50,000 for a building and market evaluation for the identification of better uses for the facilities. In December 2016, city council members were asked to approve a request for proposals prepared by a committee of city and economic development officials to determine the future of the building.


Source: encyclopediadubuque.org
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May 11, 1979 
May 11, 1979 
June 30, 1979 
July 26, 1979 
August 18, 1979
February 21, 1981
September 5, 1982
 
February 1, 1980
November 29, 1980
 
April 25, 1980
July 22, 1987
October 21, 2003
 
July 28, 1980 
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May 20, 1983
 
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March 19, 1981
June 23, 1982
 
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July 24, 1981 
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September 8, 1981
July 6,1982
 
February 22, 1982 
May 15, 1982 
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June 23, 1982 
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July 28, 1982 
September 5, 1982 
February 16, 1983
February 11, 1984
March 16, 1985
September 30, 1990
 
February 16, 1983 
October 13, 1983 
October 13, 1983 
February 11, 1984 
March 23, 1984 
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May 18, 1984 
July 24, 1984 
October 12, 1984 
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March 16, 1985 
July 31, 1985 
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August 24, 1986 
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November 30, 1988 
September 30, 1990 
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February 14, 1991 
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July 19, 1995 
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March 15, 1996 
October 6, 1999 
October 6, 1999 
Novemeber 28, 2000 
October 24, 2001 
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July 1, 2006 
November 23, 2007 
April 19, 2008 
November 28, 2008 
December 4, 2008 
December 4, 2008 
February 28, 2009 
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March 10, 2009
March 14, 2012
 
August 23, 2011 
December 6, 2012
December 18, 2014
 
July 11, 2015 
November 29, 2016 
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March 10, 2017 
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