Capitol Theatre

1645 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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Mikeoaklandpark on March 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I have a question. What was Vista vision? Was that another name used instead of cinemascope?

WilliamMcQuade on March 12, 2011 at 9:35 am

Interesting story re the Hollywood. What is now the entrance was originally the side entrance. The original entrance (art deco I believe) was on Broadway in the middle of the block. If you walk by you will see what appears to be an entrance to a small office building . That was the original entranceway. They jettisoned it as they had to pay separate rent for it and decided it was not worth it. No idea when this took place however.

AGRoura on March 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I agree William but also, Cinerama was born here at the Broadway theater and we don’t have a Cinerama Theatre as LA and Seattle do.
Tinseltoes, thanks for all the info you enlighten us with.

WilliamMcQuade on March 11, 2011 at 6:02 pm

When it was remodeled for the 2 3 strip Cineramas, a number of rows were taken out from the rear of the orchestra & replaced with a japanese garden with bridges & ponds. It was really nice, The staircase as soon as you cam in was there but the steps .ere replaced with a gold colored escalator.Once the Roxy went, it was only a matter of time before all of the Times Square Palaces went down. Most cities have 1 or more of palaces left. Only in NY, the entertainment capital of the world do we knock them all down. Lamb theaters really took a hit.

Mark Strand

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on February 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm

This photograph of the Capitol Theatre was taken in 1930 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto and Mann.

bigjoe59 on January 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm

to Michael C. i apologize for the repetitive nature of my
questions. as you suggested i looked at the Grauman’s Chinese
page and the Cinerama Dome Page. i did find my answers. i will
be sure in the future to browse the comments section for each theater before i ask further questions.

Coate on January 24, 2011 at 4:53 pm

ChrisD…If you are aware that many roadshow films were 35mm, why then are you focusing only on the 70mm era of 1955-1972? (Roadshows began long before ‘55 and went on beyond '72.)

And, Chris, did you even see my response to your comment on the Grauman’s Chinese page?

And regarding your question posed on the Cinerama Dome page, had you bothered to scroll through the existing comments, you would have found the answer to your question (see my comment of Feb. 4, 2008) and thus would not have needed to ask it.

Frankly, at this point, your questions are getting annoying since you’re essentially posting the same question on multiple pages and then not always bothering to check up on subsequent comments.

bigjoe59 on January 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm

i thank Michael C. for the info. the sites were quite fascinating. but many roadshow films were not in 70MM or Cinerama. so i was
wondering how i could get as complete a list as possible of the
films which played the Loew’s State/Loew’s State 1 & 2 on
a roadshow engagement during the 1955-1972 period.. many thanks in advance.

bigjoe59 on January 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm

my first visit to the Capitol wasn’t until the end of its
existence. the film was the first run engagement of PLANET OF
THE APES in March? of 1968. i subsequently went to see “2001"
twice during its exclusive roadshow engagement. since "2001”
was the only roadshow film i saw at the Capitol would anyone
have as complete a list as possible of the roadshow films that
played the Capitol prior to “2001”. many thanks in advance.

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on January 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Here’s a program from July 1922 for the Capitol Theatre.

The stage program accompanying the main feature, The Country Flapper, was pretty spectacular. You can see the entire contents at The Silent Film Still Archive.

theatreorganmana on December 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Can anyone shed any light on what actually happened to the Capitol's
Estey organ and its later horseshoe console? Did the organ go down with the building?

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on November 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Thanks Tinseltoes. I always wondered why I Married a Witch was released by UA, but its credits were filled with the top names at Paramount like Gordon Jennings, whose photographic effects for that film were excellent (as always).

cinemascope on November 10, 2010 at 10:52 am

In the summer of 1968, I was an usher at the Westhampton Theatre in Richmond (VA) and we were scheduled to open 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY in 70mm reserved seats that July. I went to New York with my dad in June so I made a point of going to see it at the CAPITOL on their curved Cinerama screen. The marquee, as pictured on the site, was incredible. It looked like the theatre was dedicated to this film forever. When we opened in Richmond, MGM actually gave us large plastic signs to replace to marquee but nothing as elaborate as the Capitol. The curved screen was great. It was a phenomonenal experience.

RJT70mm on September 16, 2010 at 9:43 am

To Steve Goldschmidt:
Your grandfather was something of a legend in the annals of projection. It’s said that he conferred with Francis B. Cannock and Edwin S. Porter on the design of the first Simplex projector

Ewing on September 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Next to next to last, AlA!

William on September 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm

“The Dirty Dozen” opened on Jun 16th. 1967
“Far from the Madding Crowd” opened on Oct 18th. 1967.
“Planet of the Apes” opened on Feb. 8th. 1968
“2001: A Space Odyssey” opened on Apr. 4th. 1968.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 11, 2010 at 10:53 pm


Ewing on September 11, 2010 at 9:14 pm

The next to next to last feature at Loew’s Capitol was “Far from the Madding Crowd”. It had a hard ticket run of several months in ‘67-'68.

William on August 30, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Some people might think that the above list is not true Cinerama films, like “Brothers Grimm” or “How the West..”. It’s all about full favor Cinerama or Cinerama, like IMAX or IMAX lite.

William on August 30, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I don’t know where Warren got the Consumer Fraud info from? And the Warner/Strand was better known as the NYC’s Cinerama house. In Los Angeles we had two Cinerama houses the Warner Cinerama (aka Pacific 1,2,3 and the Cinerama Dome (1963). In 1968 Stanley Warner sold the Warner houses in Southern California to Pacific Theatres (Cinerama’s parent company). “2001” was the last Cinerama show in the Hollywood Warner Cinerama, Pacific favored the Dome for Cinerama.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm

The Capitol was the Loews Cinerama from August 1962 to November 1964. The only non-Cinerama run under that name was a popular price run of “THE CARDINAL”. After it returned to the Capitol name it was advertised as the Loews Capitol Cinerama for Cinerama runs only.

I have not found any evidence of fraud charges and suspect Loews was just doing the right thing.

William on August 30, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Oh, add these three films to the list.
“Circus World” (Para-1964)
“Custer of the West” (CR-1967) (in select markets)
“Krakatoa East of Java” (CR-1969)

William on August 30, 2010 at 5:40 pm

During the late 50’s and early 1960’s many theatre chains modernized many of their older first run houses. Loew’s choose to turn the Capital Theatre into a Super Cinerama house. To give a second showcase to Cinerama films in NYC. Since “Brothers Grimm” and “How the West..” were the last true Cinerama films released, this gave MGM a all new showcase house. (MGM the studio) The several more wide screen movies in other systems. Were films made in Ultra-Panavision which was where Cinerama was going for because of the cost to film in 3-Strip Cinerama. In the past I have posted about the studios licensing the Cinerama name for release of their Roadshow films.
The following films are those that were licensed:
“It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” (UA-1963)
“The Greatest Story Ever Told” (UA-1965)
“The Halleljah Trail” (UA-1965)
“The Battle of the Bulge” (WB-1965)
“Khartoum” (UA-1966)
“Grand Prix” (MGM-1966)
“2001: A Space Odyssey” (MGM-1968)
“Ice Station Zebra” (MGM-1968)
“Song of Norway” (CR-1970) (in select markets only)
These were the licensed films tobe presented in Cinerama. I don’t know where Warren got the information on Consumer fraud on the matter. Then the Warner Cinerama/Strand is guilt of the same consumer fraud, they played afew of the above titles too. Also to when William R. Forman bought Cinerama it was a troubled company.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Warren G. Harris posted this on January 21, 2004:

Although the Capitol could no longer book MGM movies without bidding for them against other theatres, in 1962 its vast stage space was MGM’s own choice for the presentation of its two Cinerama movies, “Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm” and “How the West Was Won.” For those engagements, the Capitol became Loew’s Cinerama, and the name remained for several more wide-screen movies in other systems before it was declared consumer fraud and reverted to Loew’s Capitol.