Capitol Cinema I & II

105 N. Main Avenue,
Erwin, TN 37650

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1959 daily schedule courtesy of Dottie S. Tipton.

The Capitol Theatre opened in September 1940. It was twinned sometime in the 1980’s. The Capitol Cinema I & II was closed in December 2018 when the roof was damaged in a snowstorm.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm

From the early 1960s a photo postcard view of the Capitol Theatre in Erwin.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Thanks for the Pictures.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 3, 2012 at 6:50 am

Erwin and Unicoi County, by Linda Davis March, says that the Capitol Theatre was opened on November 11, 1935. The house has been run by members of the Hendren family since opening. The Hendrens also operated an earlier theater called the Lyric, which was on South Main Street. When the Capitol opened, the Lyric became the “B” house in Erwin.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 3, 2014 at 7:36 am

Website is closed, Facebook page not being updated, and no showtimes anywhere. This tells me that this is now closed.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 3, 2014 at 9:33 am

Their Facebook page hasn’t been updated in over a year, but the website is still live and listing show times for the next two weeks. Nothing is listed on the second-party web sites, though.

ncmark
ncmark on September 11, 2019 at 6:04 am

Permanently closed after a December 2018 snowstorm caused damage to the roof. Engineering cost estimates for repair proved too high to make repairs feasible according to the owners.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 11, 2019 at 2:36 pm

The book I cited on my 2012 comment dating the opening of the Capitol Theatre to 1935 was wrong, according to Jan Bradley, the Capitol’s last owner, and granddaughter of the theater’s founder, Earle Hendren. The house opened in September, 1940, and was converted into a twin cinema in the 1980s by Bradley’s father, who enclosed the balcony to accommodate a second screen. Bradley is quoted in this article published by The Erwin Record on August 9, 2019. The article, which announced Bradley’s decision to make the closing of the theater permanent, did not give the exact date of the Capitol’s last shows.

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