Capitol Theatre

121 W. Broad Street,
Hazleton, PA 18201

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 24, 2014 at 5:05 pm

The August 23, 1926, issue of The Scranton Republican said that Michael Comerford’s new Capitol Theatre in Hazleton was scheduled to open on Labor Day. That would have been Monday, September 6. Jack Theakston is right about the likely architect. Every house built by Comerford in the 1920s that I’ve found attributed to an architect in newspaper or trade journal items has been attributed to Leon H. Lempert, Jr., or the firm of Leon H. Lempert & Son.

Jack Theakston
Jack Theakston on February 25, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Listed as a Comerford-Publix theater in the 1945-46 International Motion Picture Almanac. The architect was likely Leon Lempert, Jr.

DavidD
DavidD on February 1, 2006 at 6:11 am

My father,Tony DeCosmo,was the Chief Projectionist at the Capitol Theater for many years and worked there till it closed in 1963.I remember the ladder that lead to the roof of the building.We watched John F. Kennedy campaign in front of the Altamont Hotel (just a few doors away) from the Capitol roof.I believe the company that actually owned the theater had some sort of clause that prohibited the building’s use as a theater after the Capitol closed.In fact I’ve got hundreds of memories of the Capitol,most of which are very good.

RJS
RJS on July 21, 2005 at 3:22 am

Here are a few additional images showing the Capitol Theatre.
This image shows the original marquee. View link

This image shows the final marquee.
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RJS
RJS on July 18, 2005 at 11:17 am

Here is a photo showing the original marquee and exterior.