Capitol Theater

206 East 5th Avenue,
Olympia, WA 98501

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channeloh
channeloh on February 25, 2006 at 6:25 am

Yes, the east side blew out in a wind storm a couple months ago and is being repaired. The whole building has serious repair needs, and until ownership is resolved nothing can be done…

channeloh
channeloh on February 25, 2006 at 6:25 am

Ye, the east side blew out in a wind storm a couple months ago and is being repaired. The whole building has serious repair needs, and until ownership is resolved nothing can be done…

KenLayton
KenLayton on February 24, 2006 at 7:48 pm

The east side of the marquee currently has nothing in it! All the glass panels and letter tracks are gone. This marquee has major rust problems!

channeloh
channeloh on February 24, 2006 at 4:59 pm

Well, that’s a bit of a difficult question since there’s currently a court case pending about whether or not Andy Crow, who has owned the theater on and off for many years, agreed to sell it to a previous manager. Stay tuned…

cpb
cpb on February 24, 2006 at 2:16 pm

I know the OFS leases the theater, but who owns it?

teecee
teecee on May 17, 2005 at 6:05 am

Exterior photos from 2000:
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channeloh
channeloh on February 23, 2005 at 11:30 pm

The Capitol was built in 1924 at a cost of $180,000 in the Mission Revival/Beaux Arts style by E. A. Zabel, who owned a series of local theaters including the Lyric, Strand, Acme, Rex and Ray. The building features glazed terra cotta and, behind the present marquee, circular leaded art glass insets depicting the muses and originally flanked by terra cotta masks. A fire in 1937 caused extensive damage and much of the interior was replaced. The large neon marquee was added in 1940. The theater is currently leased by the Olympia Film Society, the second largest membership-based arts organization in Washington State (correct website is www.olyfilm.org)). Plaster aside, the theater did an admirable job riding out the 2001 earthquake in Olympia. As might be expected for an 80-year old structure, there are significant repair and restoration needs but few dollars available. Fundraising efforts are ongoing. In the meantime, as the only affordable venue of its size in the area, the theater continues to serve as a performance space for wide diversity of community groups (far more than just the rock bands alluded to above).

davidr
davidr on January 16, 2005 at 11:54 am

does anyone know who the owner is? Also can anyone discribe the interior? I was curious as to the overall condition of the theater.

TonyLNdotcom
TonyLNdotcom on January 6, 2005 at 9:41 am

I remember when I was a student at Pioneer Elementary School in Olympia, WA. The other students and I would take a bus down to the Capitol Theater to watch plays called, “Junior Programs”. The Washington Center for the Performing Arts also used to be a theater much like the capitol. I remember going there to see the movie “Jaws” when it just hit the big screen. Only I was kinda dissapointed to find that they were no longer showing Jaws, but was happy that they had just begun to show the remake of “King Kong” starring Jessica Lange!!! Tony L.N.

KenLayton
KenLayton on March 16, 2004 at 8:20 am

The stage in the Capitol Theater is not big enough for an orchestra. Besides, the Olympia Symphony Orchestra already call the huge Washington Center for the Performing Arts (across the street from the Capitol Theater) their home. The Capitol Theater currently is very dilapidated and the marquee is totally rusted out with large holes in it. The pictures I submitted were from 1981 when the theater looked excellent and was under much better care & management.

KenLayton
KenLayton on September 27, 2001 at 8:20 am

Theater is located at 206 East 5th Ave. in downtown Olympia and is just around the corner from the State Theater. The Olympia Film Society is the current operators of the theater and shows a mix of current first run movies, art, foreign, and student films in both 35mm and 16mm. Theater is equipped for Dolby Digital sound playback.