Capitol Theater

1101-1103 Queen Street,
Alexandria, VA 22314

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Capitol Theater

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The Lincoln opened about 1921 to serve Alexandria’s African-American community. Local property owners had opposed the construction of the theater as they worried it would affect property values and cause disruption. The Lincoln presented movies and vaudeville.

The theater was purchased by a local African-American group in November 1921. Another movie operator renamed the theater the Olympic in 1930, but in late 1932 he closed it as too few attended. In January 1933, it was remodeled and reopened as the Capitol. In 1939, a new theater building replaced it, and that closed in the early 1950s and later became an auto parts store.

Contributed by Howard B. Haas

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Local619
Local619 on February 18, 2008 at 6:19 am

1942 Yellow Pages lists the Capitol Theatre at 1101 Queen Street, ALex 9361

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on June 7, 2008 at 3:49 am

Here and here are May 2008 photos of the former Capital Theatre.

Local619
Local619 on August 19, 2008 at 2:30 am

Washington Post of November 1, 1936 notes that Harry A. Wasserman was fined $5.00 and costs for operating a theater at Queen St & Henry St on Sunday..

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 19, 2009 at 1:24 am

This was the Capitol in 1985.

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