Davenport, IA (903 E Kimberly Rd)

From Cheese-E-Pedia

903 E Kimberly Rd is a Showbiz Pizza/Chuck E. Cheese that opened on February 25, 1981 as a franchised ShowBiz Pizza Place with a Rock-Afire Explosion. It is located in the Old Town Shopping Center.

History

Davenport opened its doors in February 25th, 1981 with a Rock-afire Explosion show. It was originally a franchised-owned store and became a corporate-owned store. It is the second Showbiz Pizza in the state of Iowa. Like many other ShowBiz Pizza locations, it had a typical SPP layout seen in many other stores across the United States and would eventually receive the 1988 remodel years after it would open. Although very little documentation exists back in the ShowBiz days, it can be determined that Davenport was one of several locations to receive an Uncle Klunk show package (and a Santa Claus retrofit package as well) sometime after opening. Like many ShowBiz locations in the late 1980s, Davenport received the Showbiz Pizza Campground upgrade.

In around 1991/1992, Davenport received Concept Unification which converted the show to Munch's Make Believe Band. In September 16, 1996, the location was sold to corporate along with West Des Moines, Cedar Falls, and Cedar Rapids. In around the Mid-Late 1990's, Davenport received either Phase 1 or Phase 2 remodel which removed some early 90's decor and added new decor and SkyTubes. Davenport remained this way until sometime in 2006-2007 when they received the 2005 Remodel which involved removing the Showroom Walls, balcony Seating, and received a new exterior and they also expanded. They then received another exterior remodel in 2018 when the shopping center received a major remodel. They then received the 2.0 Remodel in September 2019 which causes the removal of the 3-Stage for the Dance Floor and Video Wall.

Stages

Davenport opened with the Rock afire Explosion in February 1981. Unfortunately, there are not much photos but no videos to exist of Davenport with the Rock afire, or as a ShowBiz in general.

In the 1990s, Davenport received Concept Unification, converting the Rock afire into Munch’s Make Believe Band.

In 2018, Davenport received an exterior remodel from the shopping center remodel.

In September 2019, Davenport started the 2.0 Remodel, removing the 3-Stage and adding a Dance Floor. The 3-Stage was sent to Omaha, NE.

Stage Installed Removed Notes
Rock-Afire Explosion February 1981 1991 or 1992 Second Showbiz Pizza in Iowa.
3-Stage 1991 or 1992 September 2019
Dance Floor September 2019 Still In Use 2019 Model. First 2.0 in Iowa

Animatronics

Character Serial Status
Chuck E. Cheese / Rolfe DeWolfe 10-80 1-6 Sent to Omaha, NE (225 N 76th St), destroyed.
Pasqually / Dook Larue 10-80 2-6 Sent to Lincoln, NE (221 N 66th St), destroyed.
Mr. Munch / Fatz Geronimo 10-80 3-6 Sent to Omaha, NE (225 N 76th St), destroyed. Remains owned by private collectors.
Jasper T. Jowls / Beach Bear 10-80 4-6 Sent to Omaha, NE (225 N 76th St), owned by a private collector.
Helen Henny / Mitzi Mozzarella 10-80 5-6 Sent to Omaha, NE (225 N 76th St), destroyed.
Billy Bob 10-80 6-6 Unknown/Destroyed
Pizzacam / Looney Bird 10-80 7-6 Unknown/Destroyed
Munch Jr. / Choo Choo 10-80 8-6 Unknown/Destroyed
Building / Sun 10-80 10-6 Destroyed
Moon 10-80 11-6 Destroyed
Antioch N/A Unknown/Destroyed
Wink N/A Destroyed

Gallery

Videos

TODO

References