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Here is a link with loads of information from The Auckland City Council files showing plans, photos and detailed history:
My father is Charley Gray who owned and operated this cinema in it’s ‘Charley Gray’s’ capacity. I would love to speak to anyone who has any documentation/information or better still, any remaining signage/insiginia etc from the cinema.
The Capital is OPEN and has been continuously for a number of years. It currently screens subtitled Bollywood films though has also recently hosted the Date Palm Film Festival (middle eastern films) and has also shown some screenings of the incredible film festival. The current operator has upgraded the seating and speaker system and the building now sports cell phone signal repeaters on its roof.
current listings for the capitol are available on the web at -
The Capitol was opened in 1923.
All the remining vintage theatres around the Auckland area are all protected heritage buildings. The current mayor Dick Hubbard wants them all to be preserved for future generations.
Sad that in New York we can’t save any theatres :(
This theatre is protected by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust with Grade 1 classification.