Capitol Twin Theatre

45 East Main Street,
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 28, 2014 at 8:56 am

A 1922-23 Bloomsburg street and business directory lists a Victoria Theatre at 47 East Main Street. Was the Victoria Theatre an earlier theatre at this location before the Capitol Theatre was built?

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?

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

NIce marquee shot ken mc.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 16, 2009 at 3:23 pm

This is another 2009 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 3, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Here is a 2009 photo of the Capitol.

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!

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!
View link

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.

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

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

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.

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…

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 11, 2008 at 11:23 am

This is another photo of the Capitol.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 13, 2008 at 11:42 am

Hello Geo. What bloomingburg just posted should be of interest to you. Since a live theater isn’t going to show first run movies, one obstacle has been removed. The parking problem could still be an issue, but you might be able to work that out too. Good luck.

bloomingburg
bloomingburg on May 13, 2008 at 10:54 am

I called Jag Housing and the theatre is for sale for $150,000 and the only stipulation for use is that it does not show first run movies. The town of Bloomsburg is also actively seeking a parking solution, so given the time frame of purchase and renovation, parking probably won’t be an issue anymore. Additionally, there is plenty of parking in the summer when most of the students are gone.

jukingeo
jukingeo on May 13, 2008 at 10:51 am

Hello Lost:

Hmmm, the marquee still looks pretty nice. Perhaps something could be made of this place if it wasn’t for the politics involved. The owner simply will NOT sell it if it is to be used as a theatre. I mean really, I for one am NOT interested in his movie business and wouldn’t interfere with it. I am interested in live theatre. This building is a theatre so it just seems like the owner wants to let this piece of history fade away until A) it will be converted to stores in which case he will have no problem selling it B) it will be in such bad shape the town will tear it down. That would be a shape. The building does have a very nice Deco marquee.

Geo

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 13, 2008 at 10:28 am

Here is a recent close-up view of the Capitol Twin.

jukingeo
jukingeo on March 8, 2008 at 10:51 am

Hello Jaghousing.

If the town would consider a proposition for improving the parking in the downtown area AND the building’s owner can be convinced to sell the building unconditional to it’s use…then I would reconsider. As if you have read my posts above, there are just certain issues that are attached to this building that initially scared me away from it. However, I do believe with some time and money the building can be made into a beautiful live performing arts theatre that could benefit the town.

But I think the larger issue of parking in the area would have to be addressed first. Possibly the erection of a parking garage and/or bus service could assist tremendously. Not only would this benefit a theatre project, but it would help in the development in the downtown area. In order for any commercial operation to work…the people HAVE to find you AND getting to you has to be easy.

As I said above, I do have a few ideas on how to solve traffic/parking issues in a redevelopment project since there are so many theatres I looked at that have this same problem including the famous Uptown in Chicago. Granted the Capitol is not the Uptown (no where near it in fact). But it is still wonderful when a town can revitalize its old theatre.

Over where I live, they turned an old dilapidated movie house into a beautiful legit theatre that shows mainly live performances. The project was nothing short of amazing and the theatre is now one of the more popular places for something to do on the weekend here on Long Island. For those wanting to know, it is the Patchogue Theatre, Long Island NY. It should be listed here in CT.

Geo

jaghousing
jaghousing on March 8, 2008 at 10:27 am

There has been some positive developements on this building for anyone who would be interested in purchasing the property. Please contact me

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 19, 2007 at 4:57 pm

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1797 style 150 special was installed in the Capitol Theater in Bloomsburg, PA on 11/26/1927.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 16, 2007 at 12:04 pm

The Capitol Theater can be seen in this recent photo.

bloomingburg
bloomingburg on September 1, 2007 at 4:27 pm

There’s always eminent domain….

jukingeo
jukingeo on September 1, 2007 at 2:18 pm

Hello Bloomingburg,

I have already looked into this theatre and there are several problems. You already mentioned the one…metered parking. It is from my past experience with doing surveys on prospective theatre locations that I found out, people DO NOT want to pay for parking. They also do not want to walk a great distance from their cars to the theatre.

This is a HUGE problem with many downtown theatres in that there is not enough parking. Of course this is not the downtown’s fault or the theatres fault for simple reason as most downtowns were built before the automobile was invented. The trouble that hereinlies that a theatre has to adapt to these changes and the only solution is to provide some kind of structure or field nearby that would allow patrons to park in.

I am right now working on a solution for parking that could help many a downtown theatre. Hopefully my ideas will work. But in the case of this theatre, there is another problem and that is the owner of the building. The owner closed this building to open up a multiplex. Naturally to avoid competition the new owner has to agree not to operate a theatre out of this location. Of course that sounds stupid considering the building IS a theatre. I mean what else can you use it for.

I did want to go in the promise of using the theatre for live applications ONLY and thus without showing movies, not to competing with the owner. However, that didn’t seem to fly.

I have contacted the C of C already and pretty much obtained the information I needed. I just think that with the problems I mentioned above AND the fact that theatre is in not a very good shape to begin with, I pretty much am going to pass this one up. It is really the owner that is to blame because of his stiff conditions on purchasing the property. Personally I think he is probably going to let the building deteriorate until it has to be torn down.

Sad yes, worse…this isn’t the first time I heard of something like this. I think if the town really wants to save the theatre, they really have to step in. Perhaps if they bought the theatre and restored it for their own purposes then perhaps it could be saved.

Geo

bloomingburg
bloomingburg on September 1, 2007 at 10:10 am

I just walked past the Capitol and came back home and did an internet search of its particular.

Geo, I think you need to visit Bloomsburg before you can make a 300 minimum parking requirement. It’s a college town (8,000 undergrads) with very few tract housing neighborhoods. Most people walk to the downtown area from where they live and most people live in town. BTE has no problem bringing in patrons. There is parking on street and in back alley parking lots, all metered. The downtown is thriving with several new restaurants and all buildings are either occupied or in the process of being renovated for a business save the Capitol. The town supports the largest fair in the state and parking is problematic for that week, but otherwise, I’ve never seen the whole of downtown w/o parking spaces free.

Lastly, Bloomsburg has a pretty strident architectural board and does not allow exterior alterations of buildings within the district. Getting vinyl siding put on a house can be problematic, for instance. That a building would be leveled for the sake of downtown parking is, frankly, ludicrous. That’s sooooo not Bloomsburg.

I can contact the CofC and see what the price is and see if I can get inside to check out the interior.

codeman2008
codeman2008 on June 7, 2007 at 4:58 pm

The clothing store is in the building next to it they use it for advertising, the other theatre is the Alvina Krause Theatre, home to the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, it was formerly the Columbia Theater, (at that time it showed movies) and before that it was the Bloomsburg Opera House.