Capitol Theatre

220 W. Dominick Street,
Rome, NY 13440

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Tinseltoes on October 7, 2013 at 6:54 am

Please consider contributing “Seed Money” for this ongoing improvement project: Indiegogo

darrenparlett on August 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Keep these stories coming in…i love reading those old cinema history

Tinseltoes on March 12, 2013 at 6:22 am

Renovations update reported here: uticaod

ThePhotoplayer on February 23, 2011 at 7:58 am

FYI, this week is Cartoon Week at the Capitol. They’re running a dozen Looney Tunes in 35mm. If you’re in the area, check it outâ€"it’s a great opportunity to see a film presentation in a downtown theater.

TLSLOEWS on July 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Too bad the photo links do not work anymore.

romecapitol on March 16, 2010 at 9:11 pm

That’s a great photo—thanks for passing along that link! That’s actually the new (1939) marquee; we’re going back to the 1928 marquee and vertical sign which we feel is more appropriate to the front of the building. (And ultimately more effective in advertising the place—that vertical sign is 45 ft. high and will actually extend over the top of the building.)

kencmcintyre on March 16, 2010 at 4:21 pm

There is a November 1939 photo here from Boxoffice magazine:

SchineHistorian on January 26, 2010 at 11:12 am

Congratulations Capitol Theater folks! How nice to see a bit of the psst returned to the front of the theater – next stop… that marquee! CARRY ON! : )

romecapitol on January 26, 2010 at 10:55 am

The ticket booth is back! Pictures (old & new) are here: View link

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 12, 2009 at 8:57 am

Here is a nice photo of the Capitol Theater.

SchineHistorian on August 4, 2009 at 10:16 am

Hope to see everyone at CAPITTOLFEST this weekend! A great film festival and something the folks in Rome can be very proud of!

RJT70mm on July 16, 2009 at 10:13 am

I grew up in Rome and the Capitol was my childhood movie house.
I’m now the primary projectionist at the Capitol. We’re proud to continue quality carbon arc projection. We also have variable speed motors with digital speed indication in .1 frames per second for silent film exhibition.
Projectors are Simplex XL with SH 1020 soundheads installed in 1953. We also have Ashcraft Core Lite lamps and a Dolby CP50 provessor.

Patsy on January 31, 2008 at 11:02 am

Thanks. The interior photos are fabulous, but too bad the marquee was taken down along with removing the ticket kios as seen in the 40’s photos.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 31, 2008 at 9:07 am

Be sure to click on the small photos at the bottom of the page. And click the arrows next to the small photos to find additional photos. There are some interior photos included.

Patsy on January 31, 2008 at 9:02 am

Very interesting photo with lots of “when in Rome” information!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 31, 2008 at 8:52 am

More information and photos can be found here.

Patsy on November 2, 2007 at 7:27 pm

Great photos, but so sad that the fabulous marquee, the art deco front doors and the ticket kios are all gone!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 2, 2007 at 2:13 pm

This website has a few photos of the Capitol Theater. Click on the photos to expand them.

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[Deleted] on December 12, 2006 at 5:22 pm

The Capitol has a new website up and running: Check it out.

tyde on September 7, 2006 at 5:52 pm

Its not the Captitol, it was the COLONIAL Theatre, located at 64 E. Genesee Street. It was located on the second floor with about 250 seats and a raised stage. It was owned by Mr. Cantor from Syracuse. I’m sure I have seen over 100 films there as a boy growing up since we received free unlimited admission because my mother rented space on the first floor for her fabric shop. The theatre is now high end condos.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 31, 2006 at 2:07 pm

Capitol. Colonial. Close enough. They both start with a “C”. LOL You can add the Colonial theater instead of the Capitol theater.

Patsy on July 31, 2006 at 9:23 am

I’m really sorry, but somehow I wrote and thought the name was the Capitol and in reality it was the COLONIAL. Thanks for the news story as I was in Skaneateles the summer that the Clintons came to visit. They have friends who have a beautiful home along the shores of Skaneateles Lake and it is pointed out from the local tour boat.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 31, 2006 at 9:12 am

This was in a newspaper story that I came across:

“The idea of the Clintons coming to Skaneateles conjured up irresistible visions of funny movies I saw at the long-gone Colonial Theatre when I was a kid. Films such as Bye Bye Birdie, The Russians Are Coming! The Russians are Coming!, and After the Fox — films in which small-town people suddenly become part of the bigger world they both long for and fear. In this case, it was a matter of Democratic oil being poured on 17 miles of Republican water”.

Apparently there was a Colonial theater in Skaneateles NY during the 1960’s. Could the Colonial theater be the same theater as the Capitol theater? I have no idea. Why not add the Capitol theater and we can fill in the blanks later.

Patsy on July 31, 2006 at 8:34 am

I wasn’t either until I visited the town over the weekend and spoke to the Skaneateles Historical Society President, Karlene Miller.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 31, 2006 at 7:56 am

Patsy….I think there was a Colonial Theater on Genesee St or East Genesee St in Skaneateles NY. I’m not familiar with a Capitol theater located in Skaneateles NY.