Capitol Theater

109 W. Chestnut Street,
Bridgeport, IL 62417

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This theater originally opened by 1912 as the Anatole Theater. It was renamed the Capitol Theater in 1938 and operated at least into the 1960’s.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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SethG
SethG on January 13, 2016 at 2:47 pm

The marker is way off. I’m sure this was ‘downtown’.

SethG
SethG on January 16, 2016 at 12:24 pm

I’m almost certain this should be listed as demolished. W. Chestnut is home to a bunch of ugly metal sheds.

SethG
SethG on January 14, 2020 at 2:33 pm

Status needs to be listed as demolished. The 1909 Sanborn shows a 2-story tin front in the middle of the 100 block of W Chestnut on the south side (so an odd number). This is two wooden stores joined by one front with a central stair. The deeper east half is a bowling alley. By 1912, this space is shown as a ‘picture show’. Presuming the address to be correct, this was likely a forerunner of the Anatole.

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