Capitol Plaza Cinema

North Olden Avenue & Princeton Avenue,
Trenton, NJ 08648

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This theater opened in what was commonly called the Korvettes shopping center on the edge of Trenton in the late 1960s. It was twinned sometime around 1973 and was still open and listed in the 1976 International Motion Picture Almanac. Probably closed in the late 1970s or early 1980s as the Mercer Mall and Quakerbridge Mall theaters began to take away patronage.

I believe that that entire shopping center is still standing but vacant.

Any additional information on this theater would be greatly appreciated.

Contributed by tc

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hondo59 on June 18, 2007 at 12:05 am

The “Korvettes” shopping center is operational . The Capitol Plaza twin was converted into store space. Inside the store, you can tell it was a theater. Obviously, the floor was leveled off.

The theater was situated in the “L” of the center – behind it is the intersection of Spruce Street and Princeton Ave. It was a 1000-seater originally. The address above is also correct.

movieroy on July 26, 2007 at 9:06 pm

The Capitol Plaza Cinema (General Cinema) opened on May 28,1969 as a single theatre that seated 1,000. The first film to play there was “Where Eagles Dare” starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. The bargain matinee price was 75 cents. The theatre also had a smoking section on the left side of seating as you entered. My mom was hired in 1970 to work behind the concession. During the early seventies the theatre was twined by simply putting a wall down the middle. This left Cinema #1 with a smoking section only, which would prompt movie goers when asked “which Movie?” “Give me a ticket to the one you can smoke in” My mom left when Mercer Mall 3 opened in Lawrenceville NJ (across from Quakerbridge mall ). I also worked at Capitol Plaza during the seventies until I became manager around 1978. I left around 1979 when the theatre was taken over by BUDCO theatres. If you would like to see some photos of the people that were employed there between 1976 – 1977, please visit my website @ There is also a page that contains the grand opening newspaper ads from 1969. I do not have any photos of the outside of the theatre, if anyone should have some, please contact me on my website.


Roy Kaszuba

Roy Kaszuba

paul261226 on December 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm

i saw my first movie there

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