Loew's Capitol Theatre

1645 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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paullewis on October 27, 2012 at 9:51 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 26, 2012 at 1:56 am

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

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 25, 2012 at 10:39 pm

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

paullewis on October 25, 2012 at 8:27 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 11:27 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 11:24 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 10:27 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 10:11 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.

paullewis on October 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm

I remember “How the West was Won” in Cinerama (3 strip) played at the Plaza Theatre, Sydney, Australia for about 2 years, a record run. Which theatre played it in NYC? I’m guessing it was probably the Strand/Warner, I don’t think the Capitol ever had the 3 strip Cinerama process.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

By the way Bobby, the excellent documentary “CINERAMA ADVENTURE” had that fact wrong. “THIS IS CINERAMA” opened at the Broadway theatre and didn’t move to the Warner/Strand until a year later.

The documentary features both theatres but erroneously identifies both as “The Warners”. I do suspect the Broadway was managed by Warner Bros. Theatres at the time.

Mikeoaklandpark on October 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

It was the same Bobby.

BobbyS on October 24, 2012 at 10:29 am

Was the Capitol Theater called Loew’s Cinerama in the 50’s. I saw a bio of Cinerama recently and they mentioned the Warner theater was where it was first shown and played two years “This is Cinerama”? A theater called LOEW’S CINERAMA was also mentioned in Ny as showing this process.

paullewis on October 24, 2012 at 8:08 am

Of course you are right bigjoe59, when it comes to economics, the Roxy was probably losing money for years before it finally closed. What would have been needed was for it to be adapted for other uses such as happened with the Metropolitan in Boston (now Wang centre) which is also a huge theatre or the Fox in St. Louis/Detroit. Of course this is the case with Radio City Music Hall so whether NYC could accomodate another huge space like that is open to question. Of course this is all hypothetical now as it’s gone and to quote the late Bob Hope “Once it’s gone it’s gone!”

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on October 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Here are two programs from the silent era from the Capitol, from 1921 and from 1922.

BobbyS on September 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I believe I read somewhere where the opera company was thinking of taking over the Roxy or the Capitol theatres as their home…But as we all know it was ruled out and we have Lincoln Center today.

bigjoe59 on September 19, 2012 at 11:20 am


i certainly agree with the sentiment of Paul L.’s post but and there always a but. as much as NYC’s long gone movie palaces are beloved by film buffs the majority of said film buffs don’t seem to want to acknowledge one very simple fact. that fact being that by the late 50s said movie palaces the Roxy especially because of its huge size had become just plain economically un-viable as a single screen movie theater. in fact i bet the Roxy because of its size had become economically un-viable as a single screen movie theater yearssssss before it was decided to demolish it.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 7, 2012 at 7:46 am

Don’t forget about the former Loew’s 175th Street and Radio City Music Hall. Not that I disagree with your sentiments, paullewis!

paullewis on September 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm

For me, the great movie palaces were New York, the Capitol and Roxy being the finest. The city lost it’s soul when these wonderful places of mass entertainment were demolished and it’s never been the same since. No other city on earth could boast so many of the best, yet only the Beacon and Hollywood remain in Manhattan.

BobbyS on July 10, 2012 at 1:08 am

No wonder the loews men were smiling. All this money without having to pay for a stage show and musicans and all the unions they had to deal with on a weekly basis. Just a few cashiers, ushers, and an organist or two and we are good to go!!! Probably the beginning of the end for the stage show. Radio City continued to the 1970’s.

BobbyS on June 30, 2012 at 11:35 am

What a great photo Tinseltoes. That is some magazine you discovered..Even an empty theater such as this Capitol has magic !!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm

A fair point, bigjoe59. It should read that the theater was demolished after the roadshow engagement of “2001: A Space Oddyssey” was moved over to the Warner in September of 1968.

bigjoe59 on May 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm


a mistake of sorts in the intro needs to be corrected. true the Capitol was running the original roadshow engagement of 2001 in the late spring of 1968 shortly before it closed and was later demolished. but the roadshow run of 2001 did not end at this point as well. said engagement was switched to the Warner Cinerama at Bway & 47 St. where it continued to do good business for several more weeks.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on May 5, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Click here for an exterior view of the Capitol Theatre in 1931.

BobbyS on April 6, 2012 at 11:24 am

DEFG, You are a hoot. Thanks for details about film ratio. I am looking forward to the screening. I did see it around 1990 but don’t remember if it was scoped or not.I did see “Gone With The Wind” about the same time and the ads did say:First time enhanced wide screen. I thought it was breathtaking with no loss of film. Haven’t seen it again like that. Just 35mm on DVD. Oh well, “Tomorrow is another day”

BobbyS on April 6, 2012 at 12:42 am

I will be seeing John Derek this Saturday night in a real live movie theater, the Portage Theater in Chicago, showing a pristine 35mm real film of “The Ten Commandments”. Should be quite an experience!!