Capitol Theatre

1400 11th Avenue,
Altoona, PA 16601

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Movie advertisement from the Altoona Mirror; January 2nd, 1962

Located on the corner of 11th Avenue and 14th Street, ther original Capitol Theatre was opened in 1912. In 1919 Anast N. Notopoulos purchased, rebuilt and opened the Capitol Theatre on March 17, 1921. Architectural firm Hersch & Shollar designed the rebuilt theatre.

The Capitol Theatre was still open in 1962.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 5, 2011 at 5:41 am

The Capitol must have been the planned theater mentioned in the “Building News” section of the July 24, 1912, issue of The American Architect: “Altoona.-Architect Julian Millard is drawing plans for a theater to be erected for Gamble Bros, on the site of the property at the corner of Eleventh Ave. and Fourteenth St. Cost, $25,000.”

rivest266 on October 8, 2011 at 9:01 am

This opened on March 17th, 1921. grand opening ad posted here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 2, 2018 at 12:11 am

The Altoona Tribune of March 18, 1921, said that the rebuilt Capitol Theatre building was designed by the local architectural firm Hersh & Shollar.

It should be noted that Frank Austin Hersh and Frederick James Shollar formed and disbanded their partnership more than once. From 1904 to about 1916 the firm was called Shollar & Hersh, and after a hiatus of a couple of years, they re-formed the firm but called it Hersh & Shollar. Thus Altoona’s Olympic Theatre of 1914 was designed by Shollar & Hersh, but the 1921 rebuild of the Capitol was by Hersh & Shollar.

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