Capitol Theater

120 West 6th Street,
Austin, TX 78701

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The Capitol Theater building was built in 1896 as the Hancock Opera House. The Opera House was designed by Frederick Ernst Ruffini. The name was changed to the Capitol Theater in the late 1930’s. In the 1940’s it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidairy Hoblitzelle & O'Donnell and the seating capacity was given as 1,092.

At the time of closing (early 1960’s), the Capitol Theater was operated by Trans Texas Theatres. The theater building has been demolished and replaced by an office building.

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rdk on September 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Very old theater. Played 2nd run movies in Austin after the Paramount and State. Owner in the 30s, 40s,50s was Interstate Theaters. In the 1940s the city manager for Interstate was Louis Novy.

DavidDymond on September 21, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Louis Novy was a partner of Interstate Theaters in the Paramount Theatre in Austin!

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