Capitol Theatre

71 Newark Street,
Jersey City, NJ 07302

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Capitol

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Open since at least 11/26/1926 when a Wurlitzer organ (opus 1518) was installed. This theatre is listed as operating in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook.

The Capitol Theatre was torn down for the Gregory Apartments in the early-1950’s.

Contributed by tc

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teecee
teecee on October 29, 2005 at 12:25 pm

Found this information on page 19 of Arcadia Publishing’s “Jersey City: 1940-1960”:

They list the location of the Capitol as 64 Gregory Street, which does not currently map in mapquest. The theater was razed in the early 1950s for the construction of the Gregory Apartments. Can’t find any information on these apartments, perhaps they too were demolished.

Any help out there??

GPGennaro
GPGennaro on February 1, 2007 at 6:42 pm

The Capitol Theater was located on the south side
of Newark Ave. (NOT Newark St.), east of Henderson.
The back of the theater was on Gregory (a parallel
street to the south of Newark Ave.), which may
explain why a Gregory St. address is used on Page
19 in the cited book. The photo in that book is of
the theater’s front on Newark Ave.

Both Gregory St. and that part of Newark Ave.
east of Henderson were eliminated when the
Gregory Apartments were built astride these
diagonally oriented streets. The apartments
are still there. Newark Ave. is the main commercial
street in that part of Jersey City. It started
at the intersection of Montgomery and Warren
(thus forming a “five corners intersection”) and
ran westward. An old map would show that
length of Newark Ave. between Warren and Henderson.

spectrum
spectrum on December 1, 2007 at 3:25 am

From the google photo of this address it looks like this theater has been demolished.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 14, 2009 at 4:46 am

Free preview from the NY Times March 8, 1937

3 INJURED IN PANIC IN A JERSEY MOVIE; Cry of ‘Fire’ When Extinguisher Falls Sends Hundreds in the Balcony Rushing to Stairs.

Several hundred persons of an audience of 1,800 in the Capitol Theatre, 73 Newark Avenue, were thrown into a short-lived panic today when some one in the balcony yelled “fire” after a heavy fire extinguisher had fallen from the wall with a crash.

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