Cine Capri Theatre
2323 East Camelback Road,
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This was the "Grand Old Lady Of Cinema" in Arizona, the one built especially for CinemaScope, 70mm, and 35mm widescreen movies. The Cine Capri Theatre opened on March 31, 1966 with "The Agony and the Ecstasy" & and Charlton Heston appearing ‘in person’. It closed in January 1998 with "Titanic" (ironically the last showing ending at the same time the "Titanic" actually sunk).
This was the first area theatre to get Dolby Stereo(4, & 6 Track) and showed "Star Wars" exclusively for almost two years. Among the 70mm films shown were “Alien", "Aliens" "Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom" and "Lawrence Of Arabia". The seating was up to 900, but with new fire laws at the time, 100 seats were removed.
“This theatre had no center aisle, (this was added later) you entered by two sets of theatre doors at opposite ends of the large lobby, with signs that told you what side of the theatre you were on. The fun was always people asking "Which side is the movie on?" after wandering from one side of the lobby to the other, and us saying; "It’s all one big screen!"
The entire theatre was oval shaped, giving the viewer the first impression that it didn’t seem like there was not as many seats as there were, or it was as big as it was. And unless you remembered where you were seated, by the time it got dark, you were relying on hand signals.
Then there were the curtains. When the movies were run with a professional projectionist, the curtains shimmered with gold light; The scrim looking like a golden waterfall, the travellers sweeping majestically to reveal… a screen from roof to floor, so wide it almost went to the exits on either side (about 60 to 80 feet at it’s widest point).
The seats were tilted just so that you barely saw the bottom of the screen, but who cared? This thing was awesome!!!"
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