Capitol Theater

206 East 5th Avenue,
Olympia, WA 98501

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KenLayton
KenLayton on August 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

February 25 to March 6, 1937 the theater was closed for repairs/remodeling due to a previous small fire in mid February 1937. Then came the big fire of April 24, 1937.

KenLayton
KenLayton on August 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Boxoffice magazine did a story about the April 24, 1937 fire. It is on this page:

http://www.boxofficemagazine.com/the_vault/issue_page?issue_id=1937-5-8&page_no=50#page_start

KenLayton
KenLayton on August 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm

The theater got remodeled again in 1948. Theater reopened on Friday May 7, 1948. Installed were Gulistan carpets and draperies along with Heywood-Wakefield seats.

KenLayton
KenLayton on August 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Timelines:

Theater opens Tuesday October 7, 1924.

Theater remodeled March 1937.

Major fire damages theater. Balcony, mezzanine, and projection booth destroyed. Roof and ceiling damaged. Fire alarm turned in at 9:28 A.M. of Saturday April 24, 1937. Cause of fire determined to be spontaneous combustion of a single reel of nitrate 35mm film that had just been delivered the night before and was temporarily in the janitor’s closet in the mezzanine awaiting to be taken to the projection booth. Theater will be closed for several months to repair the damage.

Theater reopens after repairing the fire damage on Wednesday August 25, 1937. A brand new Western Electric “Mirrophonic” sound system was installed along with hearing assistance headphones available in selected seats.

KenLayton
KenLayton on September 18, 2010 at 8:36 am

The Capitol Theater has been sold to the Olympia Film Society.

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 9, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Nice shot of the new vertical,looks very much like the old one in the shots.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2009 at 5:42 pm

This is another shot of the Capitol with the old marquee.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Here is the Capitol Theater in 1980.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 4, 2009 at 7:58 pm

This was the Capitol in 1935.

pkings
pkings on November 19, 2008 at 11:58 pm

Hi, I’m very pleased to have found this thread. I’m really enthused about the theatre. I’ve been an OFS volunteer for about 4 years, and a projectionist at the Capital Theatre for about the last two years. I have a picture of myself and some friends here in front of the new marquee at its unveiling at opening night of the recent 25th annual Olympia Film Festival. Lets see if this works..

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 14, 2008 at 6:25 pm

Interesting. Thanks.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 14, 2008 at 6:23 pm

This will give you an idea of what it looks like now.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 13, 2008 at 12:25 pm

That’s too bad. Missed it by a couple of days.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 13, 2008 at 12:23 pm

You must have just missed it. From their website: Olympia Film Society is now raising funds to fabricate and install a beautiful replica of the historic Capitol Theater’s original 1924 marquee to be unveiled on opening night of this year’s 25th Annual Olympia Film Festival, November 7th, 2008.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 13, 2008 at 12:20 pm

I know that. I was just there, so I was curious about the exact date.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 13, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Do the math. It had to be between November 4 and 13.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 13, 2008 at 12:15 pm

When did they put that up?

KenLayton
KenLayton on November 13, 2008 at 12:13 pm

The theater now has a brand new marquee! I would have never believed it would happen with our city sign ordinances being so restrictive.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 29, 2008 at 9:07 am

Here is the Capitol Theater without its marquee.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 29, 2008 at 7:21 pm

The year given for this photo is 1994.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on February 3, 2008 at 8:09 pm

I am a preservationist and theater buff from the Big Apple, and I am happy that I came across this thread. I consider the removal of the 40s era marquee bittersweet as well. I take pride that the Greek-inspired stained glass has once again been revealed for all to appreciate, but why does the marquee have to be demolished? It can be donated “as is” to the American Sign Museum: http://www.signmuseum.com/
Can someone please convince the owner to donate it (in exchange for a tax write-off) and spare it from demolition?

This is a more direct link for the latest article: http://www.theolympian.com/news/story/341686.html

Please keep me posted. Thanks!

kateymac01
kateymac01 on January 29, 2008 at 4:43 pm

It sounds like the vertical sign is something the Oly Film Society wants to work on. And if they can get some historic preservation folks behind ‘em, that would help their cause. No matter what, though, the name of the theater is etched into the building’s facade, and now we get to see those gorgeous old stained glass windows. I’d love this to be the start of people rallying around this theater and giving it some love.

KenLayton
KenLayton on January 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm

City of Olympia sign ordinances are very restrictive. I’d be very surprised if a vertical sign was allowed.

kateymac01
kateymac01 on January 29, 2008 at 11:50 am

Ken, I like the photos of the Capitol you posted. I see that some of your pix are from the State Theater, too. Love that old box office at the State.