Capitol Theatre

1645 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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Tinseltoes on November 3, 2010 at 9:08 am

On this night in 1955, the gala world premiere of Samuel Goldwyn’s filmization of “Guys and Dolls” took place at the Capitol Theatre, as a benefit for the Will Rogers Memorial Hospital. Journalists from all over the United States and Canada were flown in by Goldwyn and MGM to cover the event, which had a “Bridge of Stars” constructed in front of the Capitol’s entrance for arriving celebrities. Continuous performances of “Guys and Dolls” started the next day at 10:00am.

Tinseltoes on October 26, 2010 at 7:45 am

On this day in 1949, the Capitol opened its “30th Birthday Bargain Show,” with Columbia’s B&W Humphrey Bogart starrer, “Tokyo Joe,” on screen, and Lena Horne and Skitch Henderson’s Orchestra topping the stage bill. On weekdays, general admission was 55 cents until 1:00pm.

Tinseltoes on October 14, 2010 at 7:18 am

On this day in 1943, “Phantom of the Opera,” Universal’s Technicolor remake of the silent Lon Chaney classic, opened its NYC premiere engagement at the Capitol Theatre. This time around, Claude Rains played the title role, with Nelson Eddy and Susanna Foster as the romantic leads. Although advertising didn’t spell it out, the Capitol’s stage bill was entirely “Negro,” including Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, the Deep River Boys, Peg Leg Bates, and extra added attraction Lena Horne, who was filling time between movie assisgnments st MGM.

RJT70mm on September 16, 2010 at 7:43 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 5:40 pm

Next to next to last, AlA!

William on September 13, 2010 at 10:43 am

“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.

AlAlvarez on September 11, 2010 at 8:53 pm


Ewing on September 11, 2010 at 7:14 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.

Tinseltoes on September 5, 2010 at 9:25 am

During the Labor Day weekend of 1934, the Capitol Theatre was showing MGM’s B&W romantic melodrama “Chained,” teaming Joan Crawford and Clark Gable under the direction of Clarence Brown. Phil Spitalny and his “All-Girl” contingent of musicians, singers, and dancers provided the stage show, with tapper (and future MGM star) Eleanor Powell as “extra added attraction.”

William on August 30, 2010 at 5:30 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 4:40 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.

AlAlvarez on August 30, 2010 at 4:23 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 3:46 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 3:40 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 1:54 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.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 30, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I believe it was only Loew’s Cinerama for the “Brothers Grimm” and “How the West Was Won” engagements (1962-1964). By the time “Doctor Zhivago” opened there in December 1965, and probably as far back as May 1965 because I trust the “Mad Men” research team, it was back to Loew’s Capitol.

Mikeoaklandpark on August 30, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I never knew that this was called Loews Cinerama. When did they put it back to Loews Capital?

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 30, 2010 at 12:52 pm

It’s the second video on display. You have to click on Sneak Peek Ep. 107: The Suitcase.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 30, 2010 at 12:51 pm

In this clip from next week’s episode of Mad Men, Harry Crane is handing out tickets to the Loew’s Capitol for the live simulcast of the Sonny Liston-Cassius Clay fight, May 25, 1965.

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Tinseltoes on August 11, 2010 at 9:37 am

The last movie shown at Loew’s Capitol before conversion to Loew’s Cinerama was Paramount’s “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” which closed on June 20th, 1962. During that engagement, the renovation had already started, with work crews on a midnight to early morning shift. According to a report in The New York Times, the new Cinerama screen would occupy an entire wall, 90 feet wide and 33 feet high. The seating capacity, which was currently 3,612, would be reduced to 1,552, and include the removal of sections on the far sides of the orchestra. After more than a month of closure, the theatre re-opened on August 7th as Loew’s Cinerama with MGM’s “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm” as the premiere attraction. Here’s a link to Bosley Crowther’s NYT review: View link

larry on August 10, 2010 at 7:36 am

thosand s/b thousand

larry on August 10, 2010 at 7:36 am

Big give away! The theater seats a couple of thosand people and they give away 11 paperbacks!

Tinseltoes on August 10, 2010 at 6:22 am

Today (August 10th) marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the exclusive NYC premiere engagement of the original “Ocean’s 11” at Loew’s Capitol Theatre. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Angie Dickinson were top-billed in the Warner Bros. release, which was filmed in Panavision & Technicolor. As a promotional gimmick and on a daily basis, copies of a paperback novelization of “Ocean’s 11” were given away free to the first 11 patrons.

Tinseltoes on August 6, 2010 at 7:47 am

On this day in 1942, “Tarzan’s New York Adventure” started its NYC premiere engagement at the Capitol Theatre, with advertising catchlines like “Out of Darkest Africa to Broadway” and “City Girls Loved His Jungle Ways.” Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, and Johnny Sheffield topped the cast of the B&W adventure, which was the last in the MGM series that started with the 1932 “Tarzan, the Ape Man.” The first had also opened at the Capitol, accompanied by a stage show. But by 1942, the Capitol was showing films only, with “Tarzan’s New York Adventure” supported by the theatre’s special compilation newsreel and shorts including the Technicolored “Exotic Mexico,” Pete Smith’s “Self Defesnse,” and an episode of the “Information Please” series.

AlAlvarez on July 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I have worked Times Square theatres. We never denied kids admission during the day and the police had no power to cite the theatres as long as the movie was not considered obscene, which, of course, was almost impossible to determine. We DID have licensed matrons but did not enforce the seating sections as some other city theatres did.

The signs that said ‘unaccompanied children would not be admitted’ were there so we could use them as an excuse to refuse admission to notorious trouble makers. They meant nothing otherwise.