Capitol Twin Theatre

45 East Main Street,
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

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Originally opened in 1929, I first saw the Capitol Theatre in 1998 and at this time it was only open on weekends. It was in terrible shape and I was amazed that it was still functioning.

The ceiling had been dropped and many of the ceiling tiles were missing. Sheet panelling covered most of interior so it was impossible to see any of the theatre’s original detailing. There appeared to be almost as many broken seats as there were unbroken. My notes from 1998, state it was originally a Paramount.

I passed through Bloomsburg again in 1999, and the theatre was now closed. I was informed by a local that the owner also owned a multiplex just outside of town and decided to close the Capitol Theatre permanently. It was converted into student housing in late-2008.

Contributed by Richard Grows

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mascarah
mascarah on November 16, 2008 at 1:34 pm

sorry to break your hearts but as of today, (sunday november 16 2008), the bloomsburg capitol theatre is being gutted and remodeled into student housing. what a waste. i guess you can all quit arguing about what you would and wouldn’t do with it.

a moment of silence…

Mts83
Mts83 on November 17, 2008 at 7:52 am

Sombody just posted a Youtube video with a collage of old photos on my photostream from within the theater (before the gutting).

View link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYynK3tg9Is

Its a sad though interesting look at the theater.

Mts83
Mts83 on November 17, 2008 at 7:57 am

Thanks to Mascarah, didn’t notice you were on here as well.

mascarah
mascarah on November 17, 2008 at 8:54 am

the photos are from july of this year. i was at the theatre (just a peek through the front window, this time) yesterday and it has been emptied. i wonder what they did with all the old equipment. there are dumpsters sitting on main street if anyone wants to drive out and climb through them. i already got what i wanted.

bloomsburgorganist
bloomsburgorganist on May 18, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I live in Bloomsburg and several people have told me they are KEEPING the Marque! I hope this bit of good news is true. During the fall they had the neon and other lights on a few nights, go to this link and scroll pretty much to the bottom to see!
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bloomsburgorganist
bloomsburgorganist on May 19, 2009 at 1:19 pm

By the way, does anybody know what happened to the 2/5 Wurlitzer in the Capital. It was opus # 1797, I found a stoplist and it had a whole load of toys on it!
If anybody knows it’s fate please tell me!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm

NIce marquee shot ken mc.

Jack Theakston
Jack Theakston on February 25, 2013 at 11:11 am

Listed in in the 1945-46 International Motion Picture Almanac as a Comerford-Publix Theater. I suspect the architect was Leon Lempert, Jr. Does anyone have any clear interior photographs?

RJS
RJS on May 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm

It looks like someone purchased the building and reopened it as a restaurant and bar. The website is http://www.capitolrestaurantandbar.com/ There are a few photos!

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