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Greetings from St.Peterburg, FL. This picture Post-Card dates way before my time….. But,very much as I remember it in the early 60’s. Small Town USA – somethings never change. Many Thanks to the person who shared this picture!
My memories of the Capital Theater are very vivid. I can still see the HUGH Chandelier that was hanging, the Beautiful Italian Marble on the walls, the Crimson Red-Velvet Curtains. As a young man “the Balcony was the place to be!”. Every kid during the 50’s and 60’s should remember the Christmas event ending with one lucky kid holding the ticket to a BRAND NEW Schiwinn Bike from Stan’s Bike Shop. To the best of my recollection…. they closed it down either ‘68 or '69. During the early to mid 60’s a Saturday Matinee cost Twenty-Five Cents (if you were under 12) and ALWAYS included a trip to Eskins (on Ferry St) for a bag of penney candy’s. Anyone out there remember the name of the couple that ran it? Now at the age of 52, I think that our kids are being cheated out of so many experiences. It was more than an ordinary Theater, more likened to a Movie Palace. I’m sure anyone who knew South River would agree.
My parents told me that during the 30’s and 40’s that BIG names were headliners there ie: Cab Calloway, Tommy/Jimmy Dorsey, Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, Ethel Murman, Constance Bennett, Jimmy Durante…. They were there to raise money for War Bonds. There is lots of history within them walls.