Capitol Theatre

75 Main Street West,
Rochester, NY 14614

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ibelieveicanfly on December 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Hey everyone…I am new to “Cinema Treasures” but not unfamiliar with the Capitol Theatre. I have some fond and not so fond memories of the place…I do remember going there in the 60’s without the need for a parental unit…now days you can’t even send your child to the bathroom by themselves…I’ve been trying to locate several movies I saw there, but my title recall skills weren’t honed…I think one of the movies was “The Man in the Iron Mask” released in 1939? I’ve placed an order on Amazon for it, but it’s the other movie I haven’t seen anything remotely like it(remake of course)…for as much of the movie that I remember seeing ,from between my fingers…This man bought and won a lottery of sort, he died and was buried with the ticket in his pocket.His son dug him up and his face was disfigured just like his father’s face…Moose, anyone, that by chance, know the name of this movie plz, plz, plz contact me with that info…Thanks

DavidCoppola on January 24, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Moose, I’d like to see some old pix and hear more stories. As a kid, I remeber seeing the outside of the thater and the marquee. I remember when they tore it down. Did it have the stadium seating there? King Kong Escapes as one of the features.

Moose on January 2, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Worked at the Capitol from 1964 to 1967, first as an usher then the Manager. Theatre was owned by the Fenyvessy Family who previously had owned about eight theatres in the heydey of movies including the Strand. The theatre was only opened on Saturday and Sunday and was the home of “Action Packed Proven Hits”. From 1965 to 1967 I booked the movies for the Capitol. the top grosser was “King Kong vs Godzilla”. The theatre was the first to show talking pictures. It started out as a vaudville house. The dressing rooms were in dismal shape, not having been used for over forty years.

GWTWTOO on April 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

The links don’t seem to work. Could someone please update so the pictures were available again? Thanks.

martymia2009 on June 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I used to go there on Saturdays since they showed 3 Stooges movies as an add on to the show. When I left there I would go around the corner to Plymouth Ave & the Grand Theatre and see 2 More movies. Admission was 16 cents for kids back then!!!!!

NittyRanks on April 1, 2008 at 7:39 pm

I used to see that theatre when I was on to piano lessons at Hochsien around the corner. I think the auditorium was knocked down and just the front was there in the 1980’s.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 17, 2007 at 7:51 pm

Good find. That confirms what Warren posted in the first comment. A Kimball theater organ was installed in Fay’s Theater in 1925.

kencmcintyre on November 17, 2007 at 6:32 pm

The caption for this early twenties photo states that the theater was then Fay’s Vaudeville. Address was 75 Main Street West:

kencmcintyre on November 17, 2007 at 1:54 pm

Here is a photo from the Rochester Archives. The Capitol is visible on the right side of the photo:

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 17, 2007 at 8:57 am

Could the original name have been Fays? The 1926 FDYB lists Fays with 1500 seats and an address of only W. Main Street (no specific #). There is also an Empire at 282 S. Main St., and a Rialto at 197 Main St. There is no Capitol listed for Rochester in the 1926 FDYB.