Capitol Theater

Broad Street,
Waverly, NY 14892

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A lovely big town theater in a small town built about 1926 at the edge of downtown. The theater is located behind a detached row of storefronts and apartments. The entrance is located on the corner of the block and has a rare curved marquee to match its corner location.

A small lobby leads to the back vestibule of the auditorium. There is a balcony and stage. The Capitol was operated by the ME Comerford chain of Scranton although I am not sure if it was built by them.

The theater was sold by Comerford’s successors to the Capitol Assembly of God church about 1972, which still occupies it today.

Contributed by T Coleman

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 28, 2007 at 7:08 am

A Kimball theater organ was installed in the Capitol Theater in 1926.

kencmcintyre on November 17, 2008 at 10:55 am

This church is at 207 Broad Street. Looking at the photo on their site, I’m wondering if that’s the former Capitol marquee, since it appears curved as per the description at the top of the page.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 17, 2008 at 11:22 am

You could try contacting the church and asking them if they are located in the former Capitol Theater.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 17, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Definitely looks like a former theatre building to me. I’d say there isn’t much doubt.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 16, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Here is a 1987 photo. The theater building does look similar to the church building.

jeffreyt on August 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

The Capitol Theatre is indeed still in use as a church and yes, the marquee was used for the church sign.

jeffreyt on February 3, 2011 at 9:19 am

The Capitol was built by the M. E. Comerford Amusement Co. The building that was on the thetre site burned; Comerford bought the lot, cleaned it up, and built the theatre. There is a video on Youtube that shows the theatre. It’s titled: Waverly, NY:The Golden Days

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