Capitol Theatre

835 2nd Avenue South,
Nashville, TN 37210

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The Capitol Theatre was initially at 531 Church Street then moved to 835 2nd Avenue South in 1930. If you have any additional information about the Capitol, please update.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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BKH
BKH on December 9, 2009 at 3:22 pm

This is where my grandpa met my grandma. He worked there. They were married for many, many years. They went to this theatre all the time. My grandma told me that they would give you a vanilla ice cream bar covered in chocolate when you told them that it was your birthday. She said that, when they would ask whose birthday it was, everyone would raise their hand. :D

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Nice story BKH this Nashville Theatre was before my time.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm

This theatre was located about 1 half block North behind the Tennessean Newspaper building.

DavePrice
DavePrice on September 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm

tisloews: I don’t understand your comment about the location of this theater. If you’re talking about the place where the Tennessean is published/printed, it is a long way from this site.

Also I question the statement above about the Capitol “moving.” The Capitol on Churh Street opened in 1926 and burned in 1929. Sound equipment had been ordered for this house but was then sent to the Fifth Avenue which then went from a vaudeville policy to a talking picture policy.

The Capitol on 2nd Ave South didn’t open until I believe 1937 and was built on the site of one of the four Elite Theaters that Nashville had at one time.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on September 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm

You are probaly right Dave,that is just some info I read somewhere it could be wrong or there were 2 Captitol theatres.

BKH
BKH on February 7, 2011 at 10:39 am

“My grandma told me that they would give you a vanilla ice cream bar covered in chocolate when you told them that it was your birthday. She said that, when they would ask whose birthday it was, everyone would raise their hand. :D”

CORRECTION: My grandma recently told me that this didn’t happen at the Capitol, it happened at a theater located in what was downtown Nashville at the time. She couldn’t remember the name.

DavePrice
DavePrice on February 7, 2011 at 11:35 am

My only response is that the Paramount used to have kiddie clubs on Saturday mornings- apparently under more than one name- and maybe this happened there. This is the sort of thing that Ed Jordan later did at the Bellemeade.

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