Capitol Theatre

1645 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 19, 2013 at 8:35 am

This season of Mad Men takes place in 1968. They’ve already dealt with the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, and the Chicago anti-Vietnam war riot at the Democratic National Convention. Characters have gone to see “Planet of the Apes” and “Rosemary’s Baby”. I hope someone goes to see “2001” – season finale is this Sunday. If they do go, it’ll be at the Capitol.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 19, 2013 at 7:27 am

Bobby, 1968 was one of the most tumultuous and violent years ever.

BobbyS
BobbyS on June 18, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Thanks Bill…..Wonderful ads..What a kinder & gentle world it was when “2001” opened…and you saw it at the Capitol !!

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

In honor of the 45th anniversary of seeing “2001” at the Capitol this past Saturday 6/15, I’m posting this article from LIFE magazine 6/7/68. I read it in a dentist’s office back then and haven’t seen it since, until today.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 14, 2012 at 6:13 am

Excerpt from Bosley Crowthers' NY Times' review of 11/14/47:

“What with Frank Sinatra as the star of the Capitol’s stage show, it wasn’t likely that much attention would be paid to the film on the screen. So the management has graciously provided the least temptation in this respect — a feather-weight farce, from Columbia, entitled ‘Her Husband’s Affairs’…But in nonsense as well as serious drama, there must be a pattern, a plan, to sustain the humor. This film has none. Mr. Sinatra, take it away!”

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm

What I really like about the photo selection system here on CT is that it is basically democratic; the photo that comes up is the one most visitors are currently choosing to look at as the photographic memory of choice, rather than just a fixed arbitrary view of what one person believes is the most representative view of the theater.

That shot of the Cinerama screen and the ones of its marquee showing “2001” are my favorite photos of the Capitol, so I am not going to join any crusade to change it. One can always click on the photos tab and savor any other photo one likes for as long as one likes. If the lead photo changes later on, I think that is just fine, but I do not think any photo should be locked in there as being the best or most representative way the theater should be remembered.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 28, 2012 at 11:23 am

You’ll have a better shot of jacking up the numbers on one of the older photos. Like the marquee shot from the “2001” engagement. The current curved screen image has 355 hits!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 27, 2012 at 10:26 am

I say we hit image three from Tinseltoes.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 27, 2012 at 7:58 am

So lets all agree on which photo to hit and see if we can get it bumped up onto the main page.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 27, 2012 at 7:40 am

The photo isn’t ‘fixed’. The way photos work on the site is that the one with the most ‘hits’ becomes the main photo, therefore giving an ever-changing look to the pages where there is more than a single photo.

paullewis
paullewis on October 27, 2012 at 6:51 am

Well said Tinseltoes there are some great photos of the magnificent auditorium before it was “covered” that would be much more appropriate. After all, the new look only lasted for a few years anyway!

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 25, 2012 at 10:56 pm

That will be rather difficult unless you have a time machine.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I’m going to have to get down to the Capitol and check it out myself.

paullewis
paullewis on October 25, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Thanks for the info.guys. Obviously I was wrong about the Capitol and it figures HTWWW would play there as it was an MGM film, though I think Loew’s and Metro were completly separate corporations by then.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on October 25, 2012 at 8:27 am

The only 3-panel Cinerama “story” films, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm and How the West Was Won, were both MGM productions and played the Loew’s Capitol (then known as the Loew’s Cinerama). The first 70mm Cinerama film, It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, opened at the Warner during the run of HTWWW. Those were the good old days, when NYC had two Cinerama theaters within 3 blocks of each other.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on October 25, 2012 at 8:24 am

CINERAMA in NYC as best as I can tell.

Broadway

“THIS IS CINERAMA”

Warner/Warner Cinerama/RKO Cinerama/Cinerama/Strand

“THIS IS CINERAMA” move-over from the Broadway

“CINERAMA HOLIDAY”

“SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD”

“SEARCH FOR PARADISE”

“SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE”

“IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD”

“MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY”

“THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD”

“BATTLE OF THE BULGE”

“RUSSIAN ADVENTURE”

“KHARTOUM”

“GRAND PRIX”

“2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY” move-over from the Capital

“ICE STATION ZEBRA”

“KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA”

Roxy

“WINDJAMMER”

Loew’s Cinerama/Capital/Loew’s Capital

“THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM”

“HOW THE WEST WAS WON” Opened March 27, 1963 in Cinerama (3 strip) ran for 39 weeks.

“THE BEST OF CINERAMA”

“WINDJAMMER” return engagement

“CIRCUS WORLD”

“THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL”

“2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY”

Ziegfeld

“THIS IS CINERAMA” re-issue

Rivoli

“2001: A SPACE ODYSSSEY re-issue

BobbyS
BobbyS on October 25, 2012 at 7:27 am

I believe Tinseltoes is right. The oringal people involved were Lowell Thomas, Mike Todd, and the inventor of this process and the money people (could have been Warner’s). When they mentioned the Broadway Theater I thought the Warners on Broadway. It was not. Warners was not on Broadway. Hence the Broadway is where it opened. I wonder why Leow’s was late coming on board? Since they controlled a majority of movie houses in NY.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 25, 2012 at 7:11 am

Tinseltoes, the documentary states that Warner Bros. was already a partner hence the opening at the Warner Theatre. Perhaps they simply forgot the Broadway.

Paul, “HTWWW” opened at the Capitol.

paullewis
paullewis on October 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I remember “How the West was Won” in Cinerama (3 strip) played at the Plaza Theatre, Sydney, Australia for about 2 years, a record run. Which theatre played it in NYC? I’m guessing it was probably the Strand/Warner, I don’t think the Capitol ever had the 3 strip Cinerama process.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

By the way Bobby, the excellent documentary “CINERAMA ADVENTURE” had that fact wrong. “THIS IS CINERAMA” opened at the Broadway theatre and didn’t move to the Warner/Strand until a year later.

The documentary features both theatres but erroneously identifies both as “The Warners”. I do suspect the Broadway was managed by Warner Bros. Theatres at the time.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on October 24, 2012 at 7:43 am

It was the same Bobby.

BobbyS
BobbyS on October 24, 2012 at 7:29 am

Was the Capitol Theater called Loew’s Cinerama in the 50’s. I saw a bio of Cinerama recently and they mentioned the Warner theater was where it was first shown and played two years “This is Cinerama”? A theater called LOEW’S CINERAMA was also mentioned in Ny as showing this process.

paullewis
paullewis on October 24, 2012 at 5:08 am

Of course you are right bigjoe59, when it comes to economics, the Roxy was probably losing money for years before it finally closed. What would have been needed was for it to be adapted for other uses such as happened with the Metropolitan in Boston (now Wang centre) which is also a huge theatre or the Fox in St. Louis/Detroit. Of course this is the case with Radio City Music Hall so whether NYC could accomodate another huge space like that is open to question. Of course this is all hypothetical now as it’s gone and to quote the late Bob Hope “Once it’s gone it’s gone!”

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on October 23, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Here are two programs from the silent era from the Capitol, from 1921 and from 1922.

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.