Capitol Theater

926 East McLemore Avenue,
Memphis, TN 38126

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vastor on January 10, 2013 at 7:45 am

Newest photos are of the present exterior and are courtesy of the museum.

vastor on December 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Have also posted photos of the entire photomural.

vastor on December 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm

New photo has been posted of the Capitol Theatre with an early canopy and sign. Picture playing is “One Last Fling” released in 1949. Taken from the photomural inside the entrance to Soulsville USA on the site of the Capitol Theatre/Stax recording studio. The large gray square is a speaker mounted on the wall. 12/15/2012

dickneeds111 on April 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

The photo of the dillapitated Capitol theatre from 1983 has a record store called Satellite records next door. This was the home of Stax records before they became Stax. They started out as Satelite records. Gee Whiz by Carla Thomas was the 4th record and there 1st major hit and was sold to Atlantic. There next big hit was Last Night by the Mar-Keys. They then became Stax in 1961 and the rest was Memphis Soul history.

TLSLOEWS on July 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Sad looking 1983 photo.

kencmcintyre on March 1, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Here is a 1989 photo by Dave Fisher:

JackCoursey on December 14, 2006 at 6:21 pm

Here is a photo of Soulsville U.S.A.

BarryFord on January 25, 2006 at 2:56 pm

Capitol Theater/Stax Recording Studio

STAX Music Academy and Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis, by Looney Ricks Kiss Architects and Self Tucker Architects
The STAX Museum of American Soul Music is not only located on the site, it also re-creates the original buildingâ€"the 1930s Capitol Theaterâ€"that housed the once-prominent STAX Recording Studio. The clients, a not-for-profit foundation, wanted a museum to showcase and memorialize the genesis and evolution of America’s soul music. They also wanted as part of the music campus a separate music academy that would intervene in the lives of at-risk inner city youth and help revitalize the surrounding distressed neighborhood known as Soulsville, USA. “This one is about community building at the scale of the neighborhood, it emphasizes a local part of the history and culture of Memphis,” said the jury. “We support this one for social reasons, as well as for its design merits. It has an exuberance and a vitality to its forms.”
Photo © Albert Vecerka/ESTO Photographics.