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It looks like David Fincher’s “Zodiac” (2007) re-created the interiors of this theater, an entire ten years after it was closed. Looks very authentic and makes me wish you could still see movies there.
Before 1983 it was a larger, single screen cinema. It closed in the early 80s and re-opened with two smaller screens. The last movie I saw there before the change was “Poltergeist”.
What was the name of the owners before AMC? It was something else in the 70s. My first movie at this theater was “Jaws 2” in 1978…scared the hell out of this seven year old.
It’s “new location” is in Scottsdale. It’s not the same….not by a long shot.
Great ad, Mike Rivest!
There are some office buildings there and right on Camelback is a Starbucks (where the Cafe Casino used to be).
It’s possible you confused them, although the Town and Country is a multiplex with numerous smaller screens. Maybe you saw Jaws 3D at the Kachina in Scottsdale? It was very similar to the Capri, with a large curved screen. I used to love going through the microfische at the public library, looking at old movie listings and reviews from the 70’s.
I was surprised Jaws (1975) and Jaws 2 (1978) weren’t there either. Although I saw both of those a block away, at the Town and Country, where they never showed a film that was also at the Capri at the same time. I saw Jaws 3D at the Harkins Camelview in Scottsdale.
Great list, Michael! Thanks! Part IV: The 90s coming soon?
Is this the theater that was inside Christown mall and had an escalator that went up to a second floor, where the snack bar was in a square in the middle of all the entrance doors to the auditoriums? If it is I used to see LOTS of movies there in the late 70s and early 80s. Movies I saw there for the first time: “E.T.”, “Superman”, “Superman II”. I also remember seeing the 1979 re-release of “Jaws” in a double feature with “Love At First Bite”. I ask only because some people confuse this with the other theater outside the mall about a block or two away. This place is almost as sacred to me as the old Cine Capri on 24th St. and Camelback. It’d be a shame if this place really has closed its doors!
The very first moviegoing experience of my entire life was at the Cine Capri theater. I was four and my 13 year old sister took me to see “Tommy”. This film was quite a sensation at the time if its release and I remember that 1975 afternoon quite well and fondly to this day. Of course I saw “Star Wars” with my parents two years later and that was also a huge event. My entire young adult life is jammed with trips to the Capri all the way up to “Titanic” in December of 1997.
I now live in Los Angeles within walking distance of the Graumans Chinese and Cinerama Dome but I will always have fond memories of the best theater in history, the Cine Capri in Phoenix!
What I would really like to see is a complete list of films and the dates they played at the Capri…has anyone seen anything like this?