Capitol Theatre

542 State Street,
Salem, OR 97301

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Capitol commercial block, with Elsinore Theatre

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In the early-1940’s, the Capitol Theatre was operated by Warner Brothers. The Capitol Theatre closed in the early-1990’s and was later demolished

Contributed by Louise-Annette Burgess

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petmolly
petmolly on April 23, 2006 at 8:38 am

Hello – I am trying to find more information on the Bligh family that at one time owned and operated the Capitol/Bligh Theater in Salem, Oregon. I am a descendant of the Bligh family and am anxious to find more relations. Please e-mail me at if you have any information for me.

GaryParks
GaryParks on April 15, 2007 at 6:52 pm

I saw and photographed what remains of the Capitol week-before-last. A beautiful theatre was sacrificed for a handful of parking spaces. The facade could have been retained without losing any parking, but it made way for a row of pathetic little bushes.

The stagehouse remains, with the proscenium opening closed-off by cement blocks. One sidewall of the auditorium still mostly stands—bare concrete with some fragments of textured decorative plaster and the stepped outline of the balcony risers. One Corinthian column in white-glazed terra cotta stands as the sole remainder of the theatre facade proper. To the right of this, an ornamental doorway surmounted by a niche containing an urn now serves as a storage place for dumpsters. Originally, this passage lead from the balcony fire escape out to the street. The office and retail portion of the Capitol building remains intact and functioning, and continues all around the corner to the facade of the separate Elsinore Theatre. The Capitol’s still-standing stagehouse backs up to one end of the Elsinore’s stagehouse.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 18, 2007 at 9:58 am

Here is a photo circa 1952.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 18, 2007 at 10:35 am

P.S.This is a 1940 interior view.

Kiwanda
Kiwanda on March 7, 2009 at 12:36 am

Ah, I fondly remember the Capitol at the place “not quite as good as the Elsinore.” I saw Star Wars, Raiders, Platoon, The Mission, etc. at the Elsinore. What I remember most from the Capitol was “Gremlins.” Still, sad to see it’s now gone.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 21, 2009 at 2:46 pm

The year given for this photo is 1980.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on April 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Interior picture. This may have been posted previously, but many previous links are dead.

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