Capitol Theater

362 Washington Avenue,
Belleville, NJ 07109

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Neighborhood theater with a below-street-level lobby and entrance way. Elaborate animated marquee with a “fountain of light” effect.

Opened prior to 1925, by 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. Closed in the early-1960’s. Announced to be twinned and part of the Jery Lewis circuit in the early-1970’s but nothing came of it.

Contributed by jim thatcher

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teecee
teecee on March 24, 2005 at 7:34 am

Listed as open in the 1951 FDY.

Jim – thanks for all of your recent postings of NJ theaters.

teecee
teecee on June 8, 2005 at 8:19 am

As of 1925 was operated by Joseph Stern.

teecee
teecee on June 12, 2005 at 7:47 am

Arcadia Press book “Belleville”, p 120 shows a nice ad for the theater. Feature film is “Captain Sinbad” (1963)

LUISMEL
LUISMEL on June 25, 2005 at 5:12 pm

Heard from a friend that lives in Belleville that the Capitol was demolished along time ago. Today is just an empty lot.

RobertR
RobertR on June 25, 2005 at 5:17 pm

In regards to this possibly becoming a Jerry Lewis Cinema, were many in that chain converted from regular theatres? I was under the impression that they were all new constructions?

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 4:13 am

Listed in the 1944 FDY as part of Warner Bros. Listed as part of Stanley Warner Corp. in the 1961 Film Daily Yearbook.

Pete1
Pete1 on January 17, 2008 at 11:38 am

I think The Capitol was the 1st movie theatre I ever attended without my parents…in the late 50’s. On Saturdays there was always a double feature + shorts + cartoons…all for thirty five cents.

Also, I was a student @ St. Peter’s grammer school in Beleville. One day the school rented the theatre so every student could see “The Song of Bernadette.” Will always remember this.

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