Capitol Theatre

139 S. Brand Blvd.,
Glendale, CA

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William on October 3, 2011 at 6:54 pm

In drb’s shot, you can see the Glendale Theatre’s marquee and vertical sign just down the street on the right side of the frame.

drb on October 3, 2011 at 1:19 am

Can’t remember if this was already posted, but here’s a Glendale Public Library photo:

drb on September 13, 2008 at 9:55 pm

While I never went to the Capitol myself, only having just move to Glendale at the time, I remember it was sitting vacant before the Northridge quake. After the quake, there was extensive damage to the theater’s south wall, and it was demolished shortly afterwards. You could see that the old brick walls had never been retrofitted, which was the probable reason for the partial collapse. That was also probably why it was closed, as by that time retrofitting was mandatory, but I guess they didn’t want to put in any money to keep it open and standing.

kencmcintyre on July 31, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Short term memory loss.

kencmcintyre on July 31, 2008 at 10:04 pm

If they went to the effort to change the marquee to Young’s Capitol Theater, as shown by the photos above, that should probably be an AKA.

jackhicko on July 4, 2007 at 10:13 am

That link doesn’t do anything.

kencmcintyre on May 10, 2007 at 11:01 pm

There are 12 views on this page from the CA State Library:

dianaellis on August 11, 2005 at 12:56 pm

Thanks, Jack. The tall building you mention was the Temple Theater, a place where decent girls NEVER WENT in the 50’s. It was part of the Masonic Temple. Diana Ellis

jackhicko on August 11, 2005 at 6:56 am

My life there was in the 80s. Start at The Alex and walk south. Cross Broadway, soon on your left at 122 South was The Glendale (a “twin” when I was there). Proceed south. The UA and The Sands were little theaters in the same block…still north of the tall building (which I think may also have been a theater). They felt like they had seen much better days. At Colorado, cross Brand and turn back north. You would then pass the site of the Capitol. Continue north past BofA and The Roxy would then be on your left.

dianaellis on July 30, 2005 at 12:08 am

Jack Hicko mentions the UA Theater in Glendale. Where was it located? I spent many happy Saturday afternoons at the Alex, Capitol and the Glen, but I can’t remember where either the Glendale or the UA were? Talking about late 40’s. Diana Ellis

jackhicko on March 25, 2005 at 9:07 am

What Glendale had was The Roxy, The Alex, The Sands, The UA, The Glendale, and The Capitol all within about two blocks! You could also park there (unlike Burbank and Pasadena). Plus, in the eighties, a few of them had “one dollar Tuesday night”! I lived two blocks away and this was a great time!
BATMAN was a memorable first run at the Capitol…a rare time I had to wait in a line.

Mark1 on July 27, 2004 at 3:56 pm

This was indeed an undistinguished theatre. Except for the Alex and the Glendale, most of the theatres in Glendale were practically holes in the wall. The Alex was unique but certainly not magnificent; the Glendale was ok. Why did Glendale miss out? Is it because of its proximity to Hollywood, Pasadena, and L.A.?

Soesbe on May 26, 2004 at 2:04 am

William is right. This theatre long outlived its minimal glory. Was the first run house of many classics, including “Psycho.”

HarryLime on October 25, 2003 at 8:07 pm

This theatre was located at 139 South Brand Boulevard.

William on October 8, 2002 at 6:08 pm

The Capital theatre was demolished and replaced by a parking lot. During it’s last years the Capital was just running on empty. The UA chain put NO money back into this theatre. It was a run down house, it was nothing special. It lasted till the late 80’s.