Capitol Theatre

310 W. Main Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73160

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In 1906 Adolph Zukor opened Oklahoma City’s Dreamland Nickelodeon and Ballroom. This was before he teamed up with Jesse Lasky in 1912 to form Famous Players-Paramount.

By 1919 the Dreamland Theatre had switched over to Paramount features. At that time the massive upstairs ballroom was ripped out to expand balcony space, a flashy new marquee was installed, and the name changed to Capitol Theatre.

Towering so high above Capitol Theatre’s facade the tall upright sign was actually a combination upright and roof sign.

Providing mood music during silent pictures the Capitol Theatre pit orchestra was the finest in Oklahoma City, and a separate Paramount Jazz Band performed on stage during intermissions.

Eventually real estate which the Capitol Theatre occupied, became more valuable than theatre use could support, and in 1938 Zukor (who still personally owned the lot) razed the Capitol Theatre to lease the space to a department store concern.

After the Capitol Theatre closed, its expensive signage moved over to dress up Paramount’s southside Circle Theatre (1928-1982).

Check out the site below to view a 1917 photo of the Dreamland Nickelodeon.

Contributed by Cactus Jack

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Okie
Okie on May 16, 2006 at 4:24 pm

Try this link for a Capitol image (hope this one works)-
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on April 1, 2007 at 2:38 pm

Here are direct routes to images of the Dreamland (AKA- Capitol) Theatre. 1917 photos by W. Hine,
facade-
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stage door-
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seymourcox
seymourcox on August 2, 2007 at 11:17 pm

A 1912 photo of the Capitol Theatre, when it was still known as Dreamland, can be seen on site below. Enter word ‘dreamland’, then hit search…
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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on November 10, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Vintage images of the Capitol Theatre can be viewed on this site;
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raybradley
raybradley on March 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm

From dougdawg comes this vintage shot of the Capitol Theatre. Later on a much taller blade sign replaced the one shown here, along with an eye catching marquee.
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raybradley
raybradley on March 28, 2011 at 2:58 am

Time lines for the Capitol Theatre can be traced on site below.
A 1912 view of the Main St shows this theatre under Dreamland, its original name.
In a 1925 photo the Capitol Theatre is going strong.
c1935 image the theatre has a new glass block Art Deco facelift, but already converted to retail space.
On this link type in “oklahoma city main street”. Look at photos of 1912 & 1935 300 block, 1925 Walker & Main, and 1947 Hudson & Main.
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raybradley
raybradley on March 28, 2011 at 3:25 am

Another good 1925 look at the Capitol viewed fromm 300 block Main & Hudson.
The 1935 & 1947 views shows the former Capitol Theatre (white Art Deco look with large centerpiece window) on leftside of the eight story Kerr’s Bldge, and also

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on March 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Gentlemen, I hate to tell you this, but on Cosmo’s 03-27-11 post I entered Capitol Theatre’s exact address of “310 w main, oklahoma city” and came up with historic photos of when this was the Dreamland Theatre, and after its convertion to a Virginia Dare Shop.

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