Capitol Twin Theatre

45 East Main Street,
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

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jukingeo
jukingeo on March 1, 2007 at 12:19 am

Hello Lost Memory…

How do you like that for a howdja do? Here I am talking about the need for good parking for a theatre project to work and they want to plant a garage right on the Capitol Theatre’s spot.

How did that song go again with the paving paradise and putting up a parking lot?

You see though…that is the problem with these old theatres and parking. The two need to go hand in hand. Most people getting into the theatre business only concentrate on filling the theatre’s seats…which is understandable, but very few think about where are you going to put all those cars.

While I would be 100% behind Bloomsburg in adding more parking in their town, destroying the theatre is not one of those options. Perhaps they can pull down a lesser building nearby…one of less historic significance that is. A joint project to enhance parking AND revitalize the theatre will mean a tremendous increase in business for the town. Something they should consider, especially if the Capitol can be made into a live venue.

Geo

jukingeo
jukingeo on February 28, 2007 at 10:29 pm

Hello John,

200 spaces would be tough to work with…even if permission was granted by the shopping center to use the spaces for evening use. This is a problem I run into alot with old theatres. Many of these beautiful buildings were built when the average mode of transportation was either a train, horse/buggy, or most people just heel-toed it. The trouble is the changing times require a parking space for everyone nowadays. So the forumla I always use is an averaged 2 to 3 people per car…as almost no one goes to the theatre alone and couples usually take up the lion’s share. So for a 900 person theatre like the Capitol…300 car spaces is a good starting point. NOW, if there are other support mass transit transportation in the town, such as trains and busses…that would significantly reduce the need for parking of that size. But without a good mass transit system. The question does have to come to mind…“You can have the best and most beautiful theatre in a 100 mile radius, but it will not mean a damn if people can’t get to you”. Or in simpler terms…‘location, location, location’. I fight with these figures all the time every time I look into a place. The numbers just have to work…parking is only just one of the issues though. I will say that 200 is a GOOD start provided that the shopping center would allow use of it’s parking lot for evening shows. But I would find that highly unlikely. Another alternative is if there are some buildings abuting or close to the theatre that could be torn down and made into a municipal lot. This will help too. So overall definately more information on the area surrounding the theatre is in order. Hopefully something could be worked out. I very much like the facade of this building and if it is in fairly good shape, I think it can be made into a great theatre once again.

Lost Memory—I will check out the chamber…I am sure they can answer most of my questions. Thanks for the website.

Geo

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on February 28, 2007 at 9:29 pm

Geo…I think your out of luck with the parking. There is some parking but not a parking field that will park 300 to 400 cars. In that area your talking parking for a strip shopping center which maybe around 200 spaces.

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on February 28, 2007 at 4:42 pm

Marvin Troutman owns a chain of theaters know as “Cinema Center”

jukingeo
jukingeo on February 28, 2007 at 1:50 pm

Hello John,

Would you know if this building is for sale? Its price and more important, can it handle live shows? If so, I would be curious as to other live theatres in the area?

I am not too concerned about local movie theatres…anyone in the movie business can tell you there is a reason why single screen theatres don’t cut it anymore.

BUT with this building’s 911 capacity and the fact that is is already divided…does interest me as this could be a good multi-use venue. Most towns nowadays can’t support a theatre of this size even if I were to make it a single venue again. BUT if the market is there, there always exists the possibility of a full restoration.

Now, last thing. How is parking in the area? Is there a good size parking field nearby? A building of this size does need about a good 300 to 400 parking spaces.

Believe it or not…it is the lack of parking that has been the demise of many of these old picture palaces. So that is a major concern as well. People are not going to patronize a venue if they have to walk 10 blocks to get to it from their car. Simply put, I wouldn’t do it…so I wouldn’t expect anyone else to.

Thanx for the info,

Geo

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on February 28, 2007 at 11:03 am

Geo..I was in Bloomsburg last year. The tuxedo advertising on the Marquee is from a store down the street. Bobs is right about that. Bloomsburg is a college town. There is a 12 screen theater located out of town on highway route 11. It is a nice building. Just needs some TLC.

jukingeo
jukingeo on February 28, 2007 at 10:28 am

Hello BOBS

Thank You for information…In terms of the tuxedo store, are you sure that they just didn’t move into the theatre from another location on the block? That would seem like a highly plausible scenario. But if indeed they are only using the marquee, then that is a good sign that the building should be intact.

Yes, I did read that the theatre was twinned and I can use that to my advantage. If indeed the main theatre has live show capabilities, I could always show a movie or host another event in the other theatre.

I am hoping that the main theatre does have a stage. This is a 1920’s theatre and most theatres from this era were built as movie/vaudeville houses.

Just having a stage is only the beginning though. For live shows, a backstage area is necessary. Separate washrooms for the performers is necessary and finally one would need a fly area above the stage.

A good indicator just by looking outside of the building is to look for a vertical extension towards the back of the building. It would appear as a noticeable protrusion. This is the fly area I was talking about above. So if the building has this…then more then likely if should follow suit that it can handle live shows to a certain extent.

Best thing is if one could get inside the building and get some pictures.

Let me know if you hear anything else that comes down the pike.

I definately will want to keep my eye on this one.

It reminds me alot of the facade of the theatre in the movie “The Majestic”…right down to the missing marquee letter. So I had a good laugh about that. But the building has a really nice facade…I could only imaging what it would look like fully restored.

Thanx again,

Geo

RJS
RJS on February 27, 2007 at 11:46 pm

Did a google search on the men’s store name, and it seems to be located in the same block as the theater. I believe they may only be using the marquee to advertise their business.
The last time I was in the auditorium was 20 years ago. It was in fair shape at the time, but most of the décor was covered with some type of wall covering. The balcony was a separate theater, but I didn’t have the opportunity to go exploring. Don’t know if there is any type of stage. If I get to Bloomsburg in the near future will attempt to see if there’s any type of stage from the outside

RJS
RJS on February 27, 2007 at 11:46 pm

Did a google search on the men’s store name, and it seems to be located in the same block as the theater. I believe they may only be using the marquee to advertise their business.
The last time I was in the auditorium was 20 years ago. It was in fair shape at the time, but most of the décor was covered with some type of wall covering. The balcony was a separate theater, but I didn’t have the opportunity to go exploring. Don’t know if there is any type of stage. If I get to Bloomsburg in the near future will attempt to see if there’s any type of stage from the outside

jukingeo
jukingeo on February 27, 2007 at 10:25 pm

Urrgghh! Another theatre turned retail. I wanted to find out more about the theatre last year. No one came forward with details :(. I am curious as to what the interior looks(ed)like.

I am hoping the Tuxedo place didn’t permanently alter the interior much in the way the Beaver Falls Granada has been altered.

Geo

jukingeo
jukingeo on June 13, 2006 at 9:47 pm

This looks like it was at one time an awesome theatre. It looks like it needs help now. Is it still for sale? Would anyone know if this theatre ever had live shows? Since it was twined at the balcony, I am curious if the primary theatre has a stage.

JG

RJS
RJS on August 3, 2005 at 4:23 pm

I was in the Capitol during the mid 1980’s and it was in good shape at the time, although most of the decor was covered as indicated above. I recall it was fairly narrow and the balcony was made into the second theater. Bloomsburg is a college town, so I thought this one would remain in business simply because college students could walk from campus. The owner did open a multi-screen inside a closed department store (kmart?) outside of town and left the Capitol go. It appears to be for sale.

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richardg
richardg on February 13, 2005 at 8:07 pm

The Capitol was twinned by adding a second screen in the balcony. I was informed by the young person working at the theatre that the twinning took sometime in the 1970’s.