Capitol Theatre

1645 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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paulaeisensteinbaker on September 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm

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 12:03 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 11:47 am


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 19, 2013 at 10:04 pm

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 9:58 am

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 9:47 am

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 9:29 am

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.



Warner/Warner Cinerama/RKO Cinerama/Cinerama/Strand

“THIS IS CINERAMA” move-over from the Broadway












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





Loew’s Cinerama/Capital/Loew’s Capital


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


“WINDJAMMER” return engagement







“2001: A SPACE ODYSSSEY re-issue

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.