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IA – Mr. Congelli and Frank are a couple of names I haven’t heard in a very long time. Good times…
Actually, Cineplex Odeon did run the Cine Capri for period of time. When Henry Plitt sold the entire circuit to Garth at Cineplex it included Arizona. I know that the Indian and the Miracle had closed and I believe that the El Camino was also closed by that time but I canâ€™t remember for sure. That being the case, it would leave only the El Dorado and Foothill in Tucson and the Capri in Phoenix as part of the deal. Cineplex then turned over the operation of the Capri to Cinemark who ran it before turning it over to Harkins. Sorry for not making the lineage of its operators more complete before.
The Cine Capri was built by ABC Intermountain Theatres and was designed by Henry George Greene who also designed all the ABC theatres of that era including the El Dorado in Tucson, AZ, the Regency in Salt Lake City, UT, Century Plaza in Los Angeles and the list goes on. When ABC got out of the movie theatre business, it was taken over by Plitt Threates who ran it until Cineplex Odeon took over Plitt. Mr Greene truely loved “continental seating” and used it in many of his designs.