Capitol Theatre

213 Franklin Street,
Clarksville, TN 37040

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Capitol Theatre

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The Capitol Theatre was initially designed for both live and film presentation. By the time the Capitol Theatre was acquired by Martin Theatres chain, it was strictly a first run film exhibitor.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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enichols on August 11, 2005 at 1:10 pm

The Capitol was opened in the early 1930’s. There is a sound, B&W film made of the Capitol’s opening with interviews of businesspeople and “acts” by some of the local talent. It’s a treasure if anyone would know where it is.

I remember it well. I left Clarksville in 1960. The Capitol was still going great!

msimpson83 on May 15, 2007 at 4:04 pm

I live very near where this used to be. I believe it is a jewelry store now. What a shame.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm

There is a photo of the Capitol Theatre on page 72 of Clarksville, by Liana Mitchell and Joel Wallace (Google Books preview.) The caption says that the theater in the photo opened in 1936, replacing the original Capitol Theatre which had opened across the street in 1928 and had been destroyed by a fire in 1935. A low, rather ugly red brick garage has replaced the handsome Art Deco theater building.

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