Capitol Theatre

1645 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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bigjoe59 on January 24, 2011 at 2:51 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 4:17 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 5:52 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 2:14 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 11:56 am

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 9:52 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 8:43 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 6:40 pm

Next to next to last, AlA!

William on September 13, 2010 at 11:43 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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 11, 2010 at 9:53 pm


Ewing on September 11, 2010 at 8:14 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 6:30 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 5:40 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 5:23 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 4:46 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 4:40 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 2:54 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 2:45 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 2:28 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 1:52 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 1:51 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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larry on August 10, 2010 at 8:36 am

thosand s/b thousand

larry on August 10, 2010 at 8:36 am

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 8, 2010 at 3:30 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.