Capitol Theater

3235 Belmont Street,
Bellaire, OH 43906

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm

The Capitol Theatre opened on January 3, 1925, according to the caption of a photo on page 53 of Bellaire, by Holly Bruno and Andrew Ehritz (Google Books preview).) An item in the December 1, 1928, issue of Motion Picture News ran this item about the house:

“The Capitol Theatre, Bellaire, Ohio, owned by A. G. Constant and associates, has reopened after being dark several months to permit extensive remodeling.”
Google Books also lists a small book titled The Capitol Movie Theatre, Bellaire, Ohio, which was published in 1930, but Google has no views of it available. The book has apparently been digitized by the State Library of Ohio and should be available as an e-book which can be checked out by card holders of many public libraries in the state (here’s a list.) Maybe a Cinema Treasures user with a card from one of those libraries can take a look at it and add more information here.

JeffYates on August 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I bet my Dad went to all three of these theaters since he grew up in Neffs,Ohio. I’ll have to ask him if he has any memories that I can share with all of you. He’s 76 years old and I’m sure he went to all of them at least once.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 5, 2008 at 9:29 am

One of the unfortunate limitations of the Life Magazine photo archive is that it often provides scant or no information about the images. One frequently has to do considerable research before a full ID can be made. It would be helpful if the site mentioned the actual issues of Life that carried the photos, though in some cases I suppose they were never published.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 5, 2008 at 9:20 am

More about Bob Hope’s visit to Bellaire can be found in this article by Charles Champlin:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 5, 2008 at 9:15 am

In 1951, Bob Hope visited Bellaire to hype his latest movie, “My Favorite Spy”: View link

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 12, 2007 at 12:09 pm

This website has photos of the former Capitol Theater.