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movieroy commented about Capitol Plaza Cinema on Jul 26, 2007 at 6:06 pm

The Capitol Plaza Cinema (General Cinema) opened on May 28,1969 as a single theatre that seated 1,000. The first film to play there was “Where Eagles Dare” starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. The bargain matinee price was 75 cents. The theatre also had a smoking section on the left side of seating as you entered. My mom was hired in 1970 to work behind the concession. During the early seventies the theatre was twined by simply putting a wall down the middle. This left Cinema #1 with a smoking section only, which would prompt movie goers when asked “which Movie?” “Give me a ticket to the one you can smoke in” My mom left when Mercer Mall 3 opened in Lawrenceville NJ (across from Quakerbridge mall ). I also worked at Capitol Plaza during the seventies until I became manager around 1978. I left around 1979 when the theatre was taken over by BUDCO theatres. If you would like to see some photos of the people that were employed there between 1976 – 1977, please visit my website @ There is also a page that contains the grand opening newspaper ads from 1969. I do not have any photos of the outside of the theatre, if anyone should have some, please contact me on my website.


Roy Kaszuba

Roy Kaszuba