Loew's Capitol Theatre

1645 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 25, 2018 at 1:49 pm

Yes, that’s one of the perks of being born in 1954. Actually, I wish I’d been born a few years earlier. Then I’d have been able to see The Ten Commandments at the Criterion, North by Northwest at Radio City, Ben-Hur at the Loew’s State, Doctor Zhivago at the Capitol, etc.

vindanpar on May 24, 2018 at 10:53 pm

Odd Couple at the Music Hall. 2001 at the Capitol.

This is killing me.

bigjoe59 on May 24, 2018 at 10:35 pm


to Howard B.–

I went to the 1:10p.m. screening on the opening day May 18th. unfortunately there was no program at all whether a freebie hand out or one for sale. since when the 70MM engagement of TPT opening at the Lincoln Square they had a rather nice freebie hand out I had my fingers crossed. but it didn’t work.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 23, 2018 at 6:58 pm

Here is the Experience ad for the Warner Theater in Pittsburgh, August 1970.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 23, 2018 at 6:44 pm

I think that was the only time I sat in the front row at Radio City to see a movie. One week later I watched Singin' in the Rain from the third mezzanine.

RobertEndres on May 23, 2018 at 6:38 pm

Truthfully it wasn’t that impressive on a flat screen in a huge hall. I had a chance to see it twice in Cinerama on curved screens once in Chicago and once at the Oakbrook D-150 house near Chicago. A college student who was home for vacation mentioned to me that he had seen it in 16mm. I was working for Plitt Theatres at the time and had a pass for all of their houses. 2001 was playing at Oakbrook so we took a ride up to see it there. We sat in the first row during a matinee performance, and my friend commented that when the D-150 snipe appeared before the feature that it was the only time he had had to turn his head to read a title. Also memorable was the projectionist slightly missing a changeover and putting a tail leader on the screen. In Cinerama (D-150) it was enough to suck your eyeballs out!

I sat in the first row at the Hall when we did our tech screenings of the 70mm prints but it wasn’t the same. I considered going up on stage and sitting right in front of the screen, but the projection crew would probably have had me committed.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 23, 2018 at 6:34 pm

Here’s the ad. It was a real thrill to know it was coming to Radio City, and a real thrill to actually see it there.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 23, 2018 at 6:28 pm

Thanks, Robert. I saw it there in May 1975, about three or four times in the same week.

RobertEndres on May 23, 2018 at 6:13 pm

We beat ‘em both when we ran it at Radio City. Our screen was 70’ so there!

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 23, 2018 at 6:08 pm

I know. That’s how I found out the screen at the Stanley Warner (60') was 10 feet wider than the one at the Ziegfeld (50'). Apparently those Experience ads ran all across the country in 1970.

MarkDHite on May 23, 2018 at 5:46 pm

I love the detailed description of the “2001 Experience”. Makes me want head over there now!

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 23, 2018 at 5:13 pm

Yes, the Stanley Warner in Paramus was a great place to see Star Wars, and 2001 as well. I remember running up to see the Jupiter sequence from the front row.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 23, 2018 at 5:04 pm

In the summer of 1968, I tried to get my family to walk from Radio City Music Hall to the Port Authority Bus Terminal by way of the Capitol. We had just seen The Odd Couple. I badly wanted to show my little brother (who is now 55) the marquee for 2001, which I had seen there about a month before. But my mom knew that was not the shortest way to the bus terminal, so my plan failed.

vindanpar on May 23, 2018 at 5:02 pm

I saw that marquee all the time because I was going to shows frequently. It played there for over a year which is especially astounding when you consider it was a continuous playing non roadshow run and was already running everywhere else.

I saw it at the late great Stanley Warner on route 4 when it’s orchestra was still intact and not yet multiplexed though it’s balcony had been.

Star Wars might have been one of the last summer big films to have a limited opening engagement at relatively few theaters.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 23, 2018 at 4:41 pm

As 1977 turned into 1978, I waited in vain to see the marquee of the Loew’s Astor Plaza because they were showing Star Wars. They never did show it – the theater was located slightly west of Broadway.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 23, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Vindanpar was right about My Fair Lady. The top ticket price was $5.50 every night, going up to $6.50 on New Year’s Eve.

All the roadshows had special New Year’s Eve shows. I used to watch the ball drop on TV, hoping I’d get to see some of the marquees. They always showed the Criterion.

HowardBHaas on May 22, 2018 at 9:53 pm

this is the website. Costs though differ over time due to people, conditions, etc. https://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl

bigjoe59 on May 22, 2018 at 9:25 pm


to Howard B. do you know if a chart that will adjust for inflation? for instance A Daughter of the Gods produced by William Fox which opened Oct. of 1916 cost a cool $1,000,000 making it the most expensive film made up to that time. what would that $1,000,000 be today?

vindanpar on May 22, 2018 at 8:01 pm


Which I would happily pay today to see a Super Panavision 70(not digital)print with 6track stereo(analog.) I assume this no longer exists.

vindanpar on May 22, 2018 at 7:50 pm

Mezz for My Fair Lady at the Criterion was $5.50(I’m pretty sure) for weekend evenings in ‘64. What is that today?

HowardBHaas on May 21, 2018 at 10:40 pm

I just calculated inflation online at the federal Dept Labor, for $4 in 1968 and it says $29.27. However, as nice as the Village East is, it isn’t from my understanding (having never been there) the Capitol, so a lesser charge is appropriate.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 21, 2018 at 9:32 pm

Good thing I still have my souvenir program that my dad bought for me at the Capitol on June 15, 1968. Price: $1. Price of each ticket that day: $4. That was a very big ticket in 1968. Similar to the $20 that the Village East is charging now, but it’s worth it.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 21, 2018 at 9:30 pm

Howard: There was no program at the Friday night show. I was hoping for one.

HowardBHaas on May 21, 2018 at 9:20 pm

So for those who saw it at Village East (or others reading this thread) is there a printed 2001 program being handed out (or sold)?

bigjoe59 on May 21, 2018 at 8:40 pm


I saw 2001 this past Sat. at the Village East. It was ! WOW !. but I noticed three slight rips. why would it have been so horrible if Nolan had repaired the rips. is Nolan saying classic films should never be restored?