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 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 on June 8, 2005 at 8:19 am

As of 1925 was operated by Joseph Stern.

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 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 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 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 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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