Capitol Theatre

1645 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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bigjoe59 on September 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm

to Bill H.–

thanks for your reply. five seconds after clicking on add comment it dawned on me that as well as the film was still doing MGM had to pull it to open their big year end “in Cinerama” film Ice Station Zebra. so while it may not have been “in Cinerama” or on a 2 a day roadshow policy did the film at least move to another theater for an exclusive run in 70MM? the reason i ask is simple.

The Sound of Music ran at the Rivoli on a 2 a day roadshow policy in Todd-AO from i believe the first week of March 1965 to the last week of Sept. 1966. normally it would have then gone to the prominent theaters in the other boroughs that traditionally played 20th Century Fox Films after their big 1st runs in Manhattan. but that didn’t happen. the film then moved to the Cinema Rendevous on 57th St. on a continuous performance policy of 3 shows a day and played there i believe 6 months.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on September 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I think the reason “2001”’s Cinerama run in New York was so short is because MGM had “Ice Station Zebra” ready to go out, and there was only one Cinerama theater in New York at that time. So they sacrificed “2001” in Cinerama to make room for “Zebra”. But the 35mm version of “2001” played in only a handful of theaters in Manhattan until March 1969, so the movie played New York for a week or two short of one year before going into wide release.

bigjoe59 on September 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm


I was fortunate to have seen 2001: A Space Odyssey twice at this theater during its 2 a day “in Cinerama” roadshow engagement. I believe said engagement lasted on 24 weeks due to the Capitol closing prior to demolition. but the exact same engagement moved 4 blocks south to the Warmer Cinerama where it ran
another 13 weeks. the reason I bring this up is simple. when I found this out rather recently I was shocked that the film’s Manhattan roadshow run was only 37 weeks. compare this to the 2 a day roadshow engagement at the Warner in Hollywood which lasted 103 weeks and the 2 a day roadshow run at the Golden Gate in San Francisco which lasted I believe 72 weeks. and does one explain that?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Perhaps “2001” with a live orchestra is not a bad compromise.

Sept. 20-21.

paulaeisensteinbaker on September 6, 2013 at 2:19 am

Thanks, Tinseltoes; I’ve been reading Variety (which luckily is in a univ library in my city), but it occurred to me that someone might have evidence from some other source. And Variety occasionally does skip a week in reporting on the Capitol (or fail to mention the overture in a given week).

paulaeisensteinbaker on July 30, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Does anyone have specific information about when an overture stopped being part of the show at the Capitol?

Thanks for any leads. I’m still looking for programs from the 1920s, too.

bigjoe59 on June 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm


shouldn’t the last line in the intro be changed? the original Cinerama roadshow engagement of “2001” did not end when the Capitol was closed previous to being demolished. it immediately continued at the Warner Cinerama at 47th St. and Bway.

BobbyS on June 20, 2013 at 6:04 am

Ofcourse you are right, I was speaking in general and the way the nation looked compared to the problems of the cities today.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm

1958 was a great year if you were a straight, white Christian male. Otherwise, you may have encountered some roadblocks.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm

1968 was a bad year in American history, but a great year for American movies. And British movies, if you count “2001” as British, and if you consider the year’s Oscar-winning Best Picture “Oliver!”

BobbyS on June 19, 2013 at 5:29 pm

You are all correct. 1968 was terrible. I was mistakenly thinking of 1958, which of course was a better year.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm

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 3:27 pm

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

BobbyS on June 19, 2013 at 4:58 am

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 8:17 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 2:13 pm

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 on October 28, 2012 at 10:30 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 6:23 pm

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 6:26 pm

I say we hit image three from Tinseltoes.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

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 3:40 pm

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 on October 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm

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 on October 26, 2012 at 6:56 am

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

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 26, 2012 at 3:39 am

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

paullewis on October 26, 2012 at 1:27 am

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.