Capitol Theatre

1645 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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BobbyS
BobbyS on September 19, 2012 at 9:53 am

I believe I read somewhere where the opera company was thinking of taking over the Roxy or the Capitol theatres as their home…But as we all know it was ruled out and we have Lincoln Center today.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on September 19, 2012 at 8:20 am

Hello-

i certainly agree with the sentiment of Paul L.’s post but and there always a but. as much as NYC’s long gone movie palaces are beloved by film buffs the majority of said film buffs don’t seem to want to acknowledge one very simple fact. that fact being that by the late 50s said movie palaces the Roxy especially because of its huge size had become just plain economically un-viable as a single screen movie theater. in fact i bet the Roxy because of its size had become economically un-viable as a single screen movie theater yearssssss before it was decided to demolish it.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 7, 2012 at 4:46 am

Don’t forget about the former Loew’s 175th Street and Radio City Music Hall. Not that I disagree with your sentiments, paullewis!

paullewis
paullewis on September 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

For me, the great movie palaces were New York, the Capitol and Roxy being the finest. The city lost it’s soul when these wonderful places of mass entertainment were demolished and it’s never been the same since. No other city on earth could boast so many of the best, yet only the Beacon and Hollywood remain in Manhattan.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

More on the 1937 renovations: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 26, 2012 at 9:41 am

This 1937 trade article details recent renovations, and says that stage shows will never return to the Capitol because the orchestra pit has been covered over by six inches of cement and five rows of seats. Famous last words! Boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 10, 2012 at 8:52 am

Sepia photo of the original Grand Lobby with white marble staircase to the mezzanine promenade: archive

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 16, 2012 at 7:31 am

Modernization described in this multi-page 1960 trade article: boxoffice

BobbyS
BobbyS on July 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm

No wonder the loews men were smiling. All this money without having to pay for a stage show and musicans and all the unions they had to deal with on a weekly basis. Just a few cashiers, ushers, and an organist or two and we are good to go!!! Probably the beginning of the end for the stage show. Radio City continued to the 1970’s.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 9, 2012 at 10:56 am

Featured in this two-page trade ad in 1953: boxoffice

BobbyS
BobbyS on June 30, 2012 at 8:35 am

What a great photo Tinseltoes. That is some magazine you discovered..Even an empty theater such as this Capitol has magic !!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 30, 2012 at 8:05 am

A dramatic photo taken during the $300,000 renovation of the Capitol Theatre in 1937 finally got published in 1946 on the front cover of this trade journal. By that time, exhibitors everywhere were eager to start rejuvenation projects that had been delayed by wartime restrictions: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 29, 2012 at 7:10 am

The Capitol was spotlighted in this two-page 1944 trade ad for David O. Selznick’s wartime tearjerker, “Since You Went Away”: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 23, 2012 at 7:44 am

Here’s a 1937 trade article about “modernizing” the Capitol Theatre: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 17, 2012 at 8:39 am

Here’s a 1938 ad for a new seating project which reduced the Capitol Theatre’s capacity to 4,426: boxofficemagazine

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm

A fair point, bigjoe59. It should read that the theater was demolished after the roadshow engagement of “2001: A Space Oddyssey” was moved over to the Warner in September of 1968.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on May 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Hello-

a mistake of sorts in the intro needs to be corrected. true the Capitol was running the original roadshow engagement of 2001 in the late spring of 1968 shortly before it closed and was later demolished. but the roadshow run of 2001 did not end at this point as well. said engagement was switched to the Warner Cinerama at Bway & 47 St. where it continued to do good business for several more weeks.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on May 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Click here for an exterior view of the Capitol Theatre in 1931.

BobbyS
BobbyS on April 6, 2012 at 8:24 am

DEFG, You are a hoot. Thanks for details about film ratio. I am looking forward to the screening. I did see it around 1990 but don’t remember if it was scoped or not.I did see “Gone With The Wind” about the same time and the ads did say:First time enhanced wide screen. I thought it was breathtaking with no loss of film. Haven’t seen it again like that. Just 35mm on DVD. Oh well, “Tomorrow is another day”

BobbyS
BobbyS on April 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I will be seeing John Derek this Saturday night in a real live movie theater, the Portage Theater in Chicago, showing a pristine 35mm real film of “The Ten Commandments”. Should be quite an experience!!

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I still remember the fine performance John Derek gave in “Exodus”, and millions will see him play Joshua when ABC shows DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” this Saturday night.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 5, 2012 at 11:42 am

John Derek: Then unknown, now unknown.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 5, 2012 at 6:49 am

Sixty-seven years ago today, the B&W “I’ll Be Seeing You,” a wartime romance produced by Dore Schary for Selznick International, opened its NYC premiere engagement as part of the Capitol’s Easter holiday program. The UA release starred Ginger Rogers, Jospeh Cotten, and Shirley Temple, with the then unknown John Derek in a bit part. Headlining the Capitol’s stage show were Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra, with an audience-participation segment, “So You Want to Lead a Band?”. Also on the bill were the great Spanish-flamenco dancers, Rosario and Antonio, and ventriloquist Paul Winchell with “Jerry Mahoney.” During intermissions, patrons were invited to sing along with the Capitol’s resident organist, Ted Meyn.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on March 25, 2012 at 8:04 am

Eighty-years ago today, MGM’s B&W jungle adventure, “Tarzan the Ape Man,” with “Adonis Swimming Champion” Johnny Weissmuller in the title role, opened its NYC premiere engagement at the Capitol Theatre. Broadway musical comedy star Joe Cook topped the stage show, bringing with him some of the cast from his recent hit, “Fine and Dandy.” The legendary Yasha Bunchuk was conductor of the resident Capitol Grand Orchestra.