Capitol Theatre

2 Elm Street,
Danbury, CT 06810

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Capitol Lobby

I just found out about this theatre in the archives at the Western CT State University Library. I was doing research and found the following advertisement in the 1924 yearbook, titled, The Anchor, a publication of the Danbury State Normal School.

The building still survived in May 1971 when it was put up ‘For Sale’.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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spectrum on September 9, 2007 at 3:22 pm

According to the Film Annual Review of 1936, the Capitol had 1,497 seats.

writerone on December 28, 2008 at 3:19 pm

The Capitol Theatre was the “bargain movie house” when I lived there. Priced much lower than the other two house, the Palace and the Empress, the Capitol was always good for a cheap double feature and during the depression days of the 30s – they had their “dish nite”

bicyclereporter on June 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I’m very happy today. I was doing research at the Danbury Museum for an unrelated project the last few days and found many pictures of the Palace, Capitol and Empress Theatres, and not just the traditional “Images of America” book pictures. I’ve found countless viewspoints including aerial!!!

Unfortunately, I cannot post pics still, so I’ll send them over to Roger Katz. For folks interested in these great black and white and some color photos, I’d be happy to email them to you in a zipped file. They are great.

bicyclereporter on June 4, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I have great shots of the marquee AND the stagehouse of the theatre. This was virtually impossible on the traditional photos I’ve seen of the Capitol, so now I know what it looks like. Nowadays, of course, it’s the parking lot behind DaSilva Realty and across from Cousin Larry’s Cafe.

Even though the City Directory says they closed in 1959, I have picture proof that the stagehouse and lobby remained safe and sound until at least 1964.

bicyclereporter on June 5, 2010 at 10:09 pm

From the up close view of the Capitol that I have, it says “New” just above the Capitol sign. Therefore, it was also known as the New Capitol Theatre.

bicyclereporter on March 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I struck gold! I was researching today for a doc I’m producing and Diane at the Museum showed me photocopies of pics (the person didn’t want to donate) of the Capitol’s exterior and INTERIOR! Not ornate at all.

I’ll post them later today. (I also have one of the 1934 blizzard with the Empress and Palace marquees visible).

bicyclereporter on March 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Here they are:

1) what the property looked like before
2) Exterior
3) Lobby
4) View of orchestra/balcony
5) Stage (from balcony)

bicyclereporter on October 19, 2012 at 8:52 am

Posting a new pic from 1948 with what Elm Street used to look like.

Michael1966 on April 13, 2018 at 5:08 pm

From a Danbury News Times article I just posted in the photos section, the building was still standing in May ‘1971 when the lot went up for sale.

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