Capitol Theatre

208 S. Fourth Street,
Steubenville, OH 43952

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The Capitol Theatre was opened on Labor Day, 1925, and was designed by architect C. Howard Crane. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. In 1951 it was operated by the Dipson Circuit and they had it remodelled to the plans of architect Michael J. DeAngelis.

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Patsy
Patsy on May 25, 2006 at 7:50 am

“I’m pretty sure a parking lot was built over the theater’s former location.” That’s what we need….another parking lot! So sad!

Patsy
Patsy on May 25, 2006 at 7:52 am

It could have been set up to feature Steubenville’s native son, Dean Martin and his films with posters in the lobby, etc.

fellini
fellini on June 15, 2006 at 7:17 am

The first film to play there in 1925 on opening night was “The Wife Which Wasn’t Wanted” starring Irene Rich.

raybradley
raybradley on August 13, 2006 at 10:55 am

This link contains a good photograph of the 1927, Robert-Morton 3- manual theatre pipe organ that was originally installed inside Steubenville’s Capitol Theatre. This fine instrument is now showcased in Tulsa, owned by Sooner State ATOS Chapter,
http://members.aol.com/SoonerStateATOS/

Patsy
Patsy on August 14, 2006 at 5:38 am

Red Dawg: Interesting organ site. Thanks.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 12, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Here is some additional information:
http://tinyurl.com/qtcszc

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 20, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Here is an April 1936 ad from the Steubenville Herald Star:
http://tinyurl.com/ylbemn2

alastad
alastad on September 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Patsy, nice idea about reopening the theatre and making the lobby into a Martin tribute but unfortunely people in that city would never go for something like that.It seems like people in the entire northern Ohio valley which Steubenville is situated in have a natural aversion to anything that would help their city out.They are a cultureless people, or at least the majority of people I met while living in that shit hole.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 11, 2013 at 1:43 am

Steubenville’s Capitol Theatre opened on Labor Day, 1925, according to an item in the September 9 issue of The Film Daily.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 4, 2014 at 7:38 pm

The Theater Designs of C. Howard Crane, a thesis by Lisa Maria DiChiera (Internet Archive scan) has a list of Crane’s theater projects, and the Capitol Theatre at Steubenville is listed as project #527. The list does not give the dates of projects, but the Capitol is shortly after the Bonstelle Playhouse in Detroit (#518) and before project #549, a theater for Max Allen (the Park Theatre) at Lincoln Park, Michigan, and both of those theaters were built in 1925, so Crane was the original architect of the Steubenville Capitol built that same year.

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