Capitol Theater

New Castle, PA 16101

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Jack Oberleitner
Jack Oberleitner on August 13, 2010 at 1:20 am

This was a very ornate theatre used for both movies and vaudeville.
Many notable acts of the time were featured on the Capitol stage including Al Jolson and a very young newcomer, Bob Hope. A former cashier in many New Castle theatres, Helen Harding, remembers the time a (then poor) Bob Hope split his trousers while performing his comedy/variety act. Since they were Hope’s only pants, Miss Harding invited him home where she mended his pants and fed him a welcome, hot meal. She reported to say that “Hr (Hope) was very kind and a perfect gentleman.”

The night the Capitol burned down the marquee announced the next attraction: “Fireman Save My Child.”