Capitol Theatre

208 S. Fourth Street,
Steubenville, OH 43952

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 4, 2014 at 10:38 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 11, 2013 at 4:43 am

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

Sorry, I forgot to link the proof: boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 7, 2012 at 11:39 am

This article seems to prove that the Capitol shown is in Steubenville, Ohio. When a similar photo was originally published in Boxoffice, the place was mistakenly reported as Steubenville, NY.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 7, 2012 at 10:49 am

I still think that this 1951 trade ad shows this Capitol. Is there a Steubenville, NY? Not at Cinema Treasures, and not in any of my collection of Film Daily Year Books. Here’s the photo:boxoffice

alastad
alastad on September 30, 2011 at 7:49 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.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 20, 2010 at 10:40 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 13, 2009 at 2:48 am

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

Patsy
Patsy on August 14, 2006 at 8:38 am

Red Dawg: Interesting organ site. Thanks.

raybradley
raybradley on August 13, 2006 at 1:55 pm

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/

fellini
fellini on June 15, 2006 at 10:17 am

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

Patsy
Patsy on May 25, 2006 at 10:52 am

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

Patsy
Patsy on May 25, 2006 at 10:50 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!

fellini
fellini on May 25, 2006 at 10:39 am

The Capitol was located in Steubenville, Ohio, on South Fourth Street. From what I have heard they seemed to play mostly Warner Bros. releases. It was supposed to have been very nice and comfortable with the plush seats it had for the patrons. The theater closed in the 1960’s or early 1970’s. I’m pretty sure a parking lot was built over the theater’s former location.

Patsy
Patsy on April 14, 2006 at 7:37 am

Not much known about this theatre as it reads mostly…unknown, unknown, unknown. Can anyone provide a photo of this theatre in Dean’s hometown. It would be great to see it restored and a Martin theme lobby. I have read that Martin’s daughter, Deana visits the town during the DM Festival so I would think she would look into this venture or get the community involved in looking at this theatre IF it still is standing which is a big question. A restored theatre could feature Martin films, etc.

Patsy
Patsy on February 6, 2006 at 5:47 pm

I came upon this by sheer accident, but did notice the location….Steubenville Ohio, hometown of the late Dean Martin!