Capitol Theatre

1645 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on November 19, 2010 at 10:56 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).

Tinseltoes on November 19, 2010 at 10:32 am

On this day in 1942, Rene Clair’s B&W comedy-fantasy “I Married a Witch,” teaming Fredric March and Veronica Lake in an adaptation of a saucy novel by the author of “Topper,” opened its NYC premiere engagement at the Capitol Theatre (still showing films only). The United Artists release was actually produced by Paramount Pictures, and part of a package distribution deal involving 21 movies, of which 13 were “Hopalong Cassidy” programmers. UA was starved for product and Paramount had a surplus, so both companies benefited from the contract.

Tinseltoes on November 16, 2010 at 7:16 am

On this day in 1944, the Capitol opened its 25th anniversary program with the NYC premiere engagement of MGM’s B&W “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo,” with Van Johnson, Robert Walker, Phyllis Thaxter, and special guest star Spencer Tracy as Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle. The stage show consisted of Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra featuring Teddy Walters and Patti Palmer, dancer “Peg-Leg” Bates, and comedian Henny Youngman, who also had a popular NBC radio program at the time.

Tinseltoes on November 11, 2010 at 9:15 am

On this veterans' remberance holiday in 1943, Columbia’s B&W battle epic, “Sahara,” starring Humphrey Bogart as commander of an Allied tank being pursued by a Nazi battalion, opened its NYC premiere engagement at the Capitol Theatre. The stage show had two parts, the first provided by Lawrence Welk & His Orchestra, which included singers, dancers, and a comedian. The second half presented Ralph Edwards in a 15-minute version of his hit radio program, “Truth or Consequences,” with patrons picked from the audience to serve as contestants.

cinemascope on November 10, 2010 at 8:52 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.

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