Capitol Theatre

382 Second Street,
Macon, GA 31201

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Capitol Theatre

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Built in 1915 – 1917. By 1941 it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Lucas & Jenkins. Open until 1975. First public building in Macon to have air conditioning.

A mix of Moorish style proscenium, Greek style key ceiling panels, and Art Deco style light sconces. Very bad shape when we began restoration.

Balcony murals and brass rails survived. Structure survived. Reopened in January 2006.

Contributed by David Thompson

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 19, 2007 at 4:34 pm

Here is a 2007 photo of the Capitol Theater. Maybe there should be an aka name above for the Cox Capitol Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 8, 2008 at 3:37 am

This is another recent night view.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Years ago some of the drug stores had a soda fountain where people could stop after a movie. That could be one reason for them being located near theaters.The problem that we have today is the drug stores are now located inside the former theater building instead of next to them.

Dublinboyo on June 21, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Look for it in John Huston’s 1979 film Wise Blood" which was filmed in Macon.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 15, 2011 at 11:58 am

The September 16, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World said that the new Capitol Theatre in Macon was scheduled to open on October 2. They missed the deadline, though, as the theater’s official web site says that it opened on November 10. Here’s the complete item from MPW:

“Macon, Ga.—R. H. DeBruler, formerly of Atlanta, will be manager of the Capitol, the new moving picture house at Macon, Ga., which is under construction, and will throw its doors open to the public on October 2.

“The house is owned by Troup Howard, R. C. Hazelhurst and Brown Wimberly, of Macon. When completed it will have cost about $60,000. It will seat 1,000 people and will have main floor and a balcony, and boxes on the side, with an orchestra of five. Only first run pictures will be shown.”

cccmoviehouses on July 2, 2012 at 2:34 am

The Capitol was a an extremely popular theatre in the 50’s and 60’s with a grand marquee, “Love Me Tender”, Elvis' first movie had it’s Macon premeir at the Capitol. I am so glad they restored it, however they made changes and reconfigurations inside and of course the fabalous marquee is gone, but most of the original was saved, way to go Macon.

Tinseltoes on July 7, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Featured in this 1951 trade photo: boxoffice

cccmoviehouses on July 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm

That’s what I’m talking about, great photo of the marquee and the Capitol, what a treasure and resource, the boxoffice publication.

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