Capitol Theatre

2 Elm Street,
Danbury, CT 06810

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bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on October 19, 2012 at 11:52 am

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

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on March 5, 2011 at 1:43 am

Here they are:

1) what the property looked like before http://yfrog.com/h2tcd1j
2) Exterior http://yfrog.com/h6ieb5j
3) Lobby http://yfrog.com/h69p83j
4) View of orchestra/balcony http://yfrog.com/h205pzj
5) Stage (from balcony) http://yfrog.com/h2sg26j

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on March 3, 2011 at 4:55 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
bicyclereporter on June 6, 2010 at 1:09 am

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
bicyclereporter on June 4, 2010 at 5:53 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
bicyclereporter on June 4, 2010 at 5:52 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.

writerone
writerone on December 28, 2008 at 6:19 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”

spectrum
spectrum on September 9, 2007 at 6:22 pm

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

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on July 8, 2005 at 3:25 pm

Correction from an earlier comment I made, the old mall was not where the Capitol was located, that was the old Amphenol building behind HART’s “The Pulse Point” which will be condos shortly.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 14, 2005 at 9:47 pm

well, according to my above comments, the theater opened under the name “Capitol” in 1924 (1923 as the Taylor), so i presume it was the 1925 version.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 14, 2005 at 9:15 pm

There is an advertisement in the Centennial Edition of the News-Times in the local history room at the danbury library, volume 1 part one on page 102 that advertises for the Capitol Theatre’s showing of “The Unwritten Law”.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 8, 2005 at 1:41 am

I found a great pic of the Capitol, from page 3 of the Centennial Edition of the News-Times, Volume 2, 1933-1983, from the local history room of the Danbury Public Library. It shows the old News-Times building and the building next to it (still open) and the Capitol next to it on the corner of Main and Elm, but that’s now a parking lot. Its marquee had Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney’s movie “Boys Town” plus “Blockheads” with Laurel and Hardy.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 1, 2005 at 10:23 pm

According to the 1959 Danbury City Directory and confirming the above information, it was demolished in 1958 and wasn’t listed in the 1959 directory.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on January 28, 2005 at 1:47 am

Also, according to the 1923 Directory, the Capitol was known as the Taylor Theater at the same address, 2-4 Elm Street which showed motion pictures). The owner was most likely the operator of the Taylor Opera House in Danbury. World famous opera singer Marian Anderson was from Danbury and lived in Danbury until her death in the late 1950s.)

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on January 28, 2005 at 1:41 am

I am writing a book, and was doing research at WCSU’s University Archives. Anyway, i was looking at the old city directories, and found info on the Capitol Theater. From the 1924 Directory (publishers, Price and Lee, New Haven), The Capitol Theatre first appeared in the 1924 Directory and showed motion pictures and was located at 2-4 Elm, now a parking lot across the street from Cousin Larry’s Cafe (my stomping ground) at 1 Elm Street. The directory makes note that motion pictures were shown at this time. In the 1925 directory the address is changed to 2 Elm. I am up to the early 1940s and will update again on Tuesday.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on January 11, 2005 at 10:42 pm

This was located on 2 Elm Street, across from what is now 1 Elm Street, Cousin Larry’s Cafe. This set of buildings is now a bunch of storefronts but was the original mall in the 50s and 60s before the present Danbury Mall took over the old fairgrounds. Info is found at http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=21440