Cine Capri Theatre

2323 East Camelback Road,
Phoenix, AZ 85016

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Coate
Coate on March 31, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Happy 50th, Cine Capri!

Phoenix’s Cine Capri opened fifty years ago today. To celebrate, I’m re-posting my list of films that played here (this time with improved layout and formatting).

CINE CAPRI, 1966-1998

Compiled by Michael Coate

CINE CAPRI
2323 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Ownership Timeline
Arizona Paramount: 1966-1967
Arizona ABC: 1967-1974
Plitt Intermountain: 1974-1987
Cinemark: 1987-1988
Harkins: 1988-1998

The duration of each engagement, measured in weeks, has been included in parenthesis following each title.

Roadshows (i.e. reserved-seat engagements) have been cited in bold.

The list excludes un-promoted and one-off events (trade screenings, test screenings, sneak previews, etc.).

1966-03-31 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY (13 weeks) 70mm
1966-06-28 … THE BLUE MAX (17) stereo
1966-10-26 … THE WRONG BOX (4)
1966-11-23 … HOW TO STEAL A MILLION (4)
1966-12-21 … THE BIBLE (22) 70mm

1967-05-24 … CAPRICE (4)
1967-06-21 … TWO FOR THE ROAD (4)
1967-07-21 … BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (9)
1967-09-22 … A GUIDE FOR THE MARRIED MAN (4)
1967-10-20 … THE FAMILY WAY (3)
1967-11-08 … THE COMEDIANS (6)
1967-12-22 … THE JUNGLE BOOK (8)

1968-02-14 … GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (17)
1968-06-12 … GUNS FOR SAN SEBASTIAN (2)
1968-06-26 … THE ODD COUPLE (17)
1968-10-23 … SHALAKO (4)
1968-11-20 … THE LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE (5)
1968-12-25 … FINIAN’S RAINBOW (8) stereo

1969-02-21 … ROMEO & JULIET (14)
1969-05-28 … WHERE EAGLES DARE (5)
1969-07-02 … TRUE GRIT (14)
1969-10-08 … IF… (2)
1969-10-22 … THE ITALIAN JOB (1)
1969-10-29 … TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN (7)
1969-12-18 … HAIL, HERO! (1)
1969-12-25 … PAINT YOUR WAGON (29) stereo

1970-07-15 … THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS (9)
1970-09-18 … CATCH-22 (14)
1970-12-25 … SONG OF NORWAY (19) 70mm

1971-05-07 … A NEW LEAF (10)
1971-07-16 … PLAZA SUITE (8)
1971-09-08 … THE RED TENT (2)
1971-09-22 … THE TENDER WARRIOR (1)
1971-09-29 … WHO IS HARRY KELLERMAN? (2)
1971-10-13 … LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH (1)
1971-10-20 … FRIENDS (2)
1971-11-03 … THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT (1)
1971-11-10 … KOTCH (7)
1971-12-25 … STAR SPANGLED GIRL (4)

1972-01-19 … TOKLAT (2)
1972-02-02 … HAROLD AND MAUDE (1)
1972-02-11 … POCKET MONEY (6)
1972-03-22 … THE GODFATHER (34)
1972-11-15 … LADY SINGS THE BLUES (5)
1972-12-20 … THE GETAWAY (14)

1973-03-28 … STEELYARD BLUES (1)
1973-04-04 … EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS (1)
1973-04-11 … BROTHER SUN, SISTER MOON (3)
1973-05-04 … BROTHER SUN, SISTER MOON / FRIENDS (4)
1973-06-01 … THIS IS CINERAMA (7) 70mm
1973-07-20 … PAPER MOON (18)
1973-11-21 … THE LEGEND OF JEDEDIAH CARVER (3)
1973-12-12 … THE PYX / A NAME FOR EVIL (1)
1973-12-21 … MIDNIGHT COWBOY / WHERE’S POPPA? (1)
1973-12-25 … JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL (6)

1974-02-06 … SERPICO (8)
1974-04-03 … THE GREAT GATSBY (12)
1974-06-26 … CHINATOWN (6)
1974-08-07 … DEATH WISH (6)
1974-09-18 … THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ (4)
1974-10-18 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1) 70mm
1974-10-25 … THE GAMBLER (1)
1974-11-01 … THE SAVAGE IS LOOSE (3)
1974-11-22 … LADIES & GENTLEMEN, THE ROLLING STONES (1) stereo
1974-11-27 … THE KLANSMEN (2)
1974-12-13 … WOODSTOCK (2) stereo
1974-12-25 … THE GODFATHER PART II (13)

1975-03-26 … TOMMY (15) Quintaphonic Sound
1975-07-09 … THE DAY OF THE LOCUST (1)
1975-07-16 … ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH (6)
1975-08-27 … NASHVILLE (7)
1975-10-15 … 3 DAYS OF THE CONDOR (10)
1975-12-25 … LUCKY LADY (10)

1976-03-05 … GABLE AND LOMBARD (8)
1976-04-30 … NEXT STOP, GREENWICH VILLAGE (3)
1976-05-19 … THE BLUE BIRD (3)
1976-06-09 … END OF THE GAME (2)
1976-06-23 … LOGAN’S RUN (6)
1976-08-06 … THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (3)
1976-08-25 … TUNNEL VISION (7)
1976-10-15 … THE RITZ (4)
1976-11-12 … BUGSY MALONE (6)
1976-12-22 … SILVER STREAK (18)

1977-04-27 … WIZARDS (4)
1977-05-25 … STAR WARS (60) 70mm-Dolby from Week #17

1978-07-21 … DAMIEN: OMEN II (5)
1978-08-25 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC (6) 70mm
1978-10-05 … THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (6)
1978-11-17 … BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (5) Sensurround
1978-12-22 … INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (8) Dolby

1979-02-16 … theater closed (4)
1979-03-14 … NORMA RAE (6)
1979-04-25 … THE LAST WAVE (2)
1979-05-09 … RACQUET (2)
1979-05-25 … ALIEN (20) 70mm-Dolby
1979-10-10 … APOCALYPSE NOW (10) Dolby
1979-12-21 … THE ROSE (10) 70mm-Dolby

1980-02-29 … ALL THAT JAZZ (12)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (30) 70mm-Dolby
1980-12-19 … FLASH GORDON (8) Dolby

1981-02-13 … THE COMPETITION (6) Dolby
1981-03-27 … FANTASIA (4) stereo
1981-04-24 … LION OF THE DESERT (4) Dolby
1981-05-22 … OUTLAND (9) 70mm-Dolby
1981-07-24 … COMIN’ AT YA! (6) Dolby, 3-D
1981-09-04 … ORDINARY PEOPLE / THE ELEPHANT MAN (3)
1981-09-25 … NEW YORK, NEW YORK (3) Uncut, U.S. Premiere Engagement
1981-10-16 … THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN (9)
1981-12-18 … PENNIES FROM HEAVEN (5)

1982-01-22 … ON GOLDEN POND (26)
1982-07-23 … THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (15) stereo
1982-11-05 … LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER (6)
1982-12-17 … STILL OF THE NIGHT (5)

1983-01-21 … SOPHIE’S CHOICE (14)
1983-04-29 … SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (4) Dolby
1983-05-27 … TENDER MERCIES (4)
1983-06-22 … THE SURVIVORS (6)
1983-08-05 … GANDHI (2) 70mm-Dolby
1983-08-19 … METALSTORM: THE DESTRUCTION OF JARED-SYN (2) Dolby, 3-D
1983-09-02 … METALSTORM / SPACEHUNTER (1) Dolby, 3-D
1983-09-09 … OKLAHOMA! (3) 70mm
1983-09-30 … BRAINSTORM (10) 70mm-Dolby
1983-12-09 … SCARFACE (8) stereo

1984-02-03 … NEVER CRY WOLF (4) Dolby
1984-03-02 … AGAINST ALL ODDS (6) Dolby
1984-04-13 … SWING SHIFT (4)
1984-05-11 … FOOTLOOSE (1) Dolby
1984-05-16 … THE RIGHT STUFF (1) 70mm-Dolby
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (17) 70mm-Dolby
1984-09-21 … METROPOLIS (4) Dolby
1984-10-19 … THE RAZOR’S EDGE (4) Dolby
1984-11-16 … GHOSTBUSTERS (1) 70mm-Dolby
1984-11-23 … APOCALYPSE NOW (1) 70mm-Dolby
1984-11-30 … THE RIVER RAT (1)
1984-12-07 … STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (1) 70mm-Dolby
1984-12-14 … ICEMAN / THE LAST STARFIGHTER (1) Dolby
1984-12-21 … PROTOCOL (7) Dolby

1985-02-08 … WITNESS (7) Dolby
1985-03-29 … KING DAVID (2) Dolby
1985-04-12 … WITNESS (2) Dolby
1985-04-26 … CREATURE (2) Dolby
1985-05-10 … STOP MAKING SENSE (1) Dolby
1985-05-17 … A PASSAGE TO INDIA (1) Dolby
1985-05-22 … BREWSTER’S MILLIONS (5) Dolby
1985-06-28 … BREWSTER’S MILLIONS / THE RIVER (1) Dolby
1985-07-05 … FLETCH (1) Dolby
1985-07-12 … EXPLORERS (2) Dolby
1985-07-26 … EXPLORERS / THE EMERALD FOREST (1) Dolby
1985-08-02 … THE EMERALD FOREST (2) Dolby
1985-08-16 … YEAR OF THE DRAGON (6) Dolby
1985-09-27 … AGNES OF GOD (6) Dolby
1985-11-08 … THAT WAS THEN…THIS IS NOW (2)
1985-11-22 … THAT WAS THEN…THIS IS NOW / TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. (2) Dolby
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES (4) 70mm-Dolby

1986-01-03 … THE COLOR PURPLE (10) Dolby
1986-03-14 … GUNG HO (7) Dolby
1986-05-02 … BLUE CITY (2)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN (9) Dolby
1986-07-18 … ALIENS (13) 70mm-Dolby
1986-10-17 … THE NAME OF THE ROSE (9) Dolby
1986-12-19 … THE MOSQUITO COAST (4) Dolby

1987-01-16 … THE MISSION (7) 70mm-Dolby
1987-03-06 … LETHAL WEAPON (5) Dolby
1987-04-10 … RAISING ARIZONA (6) Dolby
1987-05-22 … ERNEST GOES TO CAMP (3) Dolby
1987-06-12 … THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS (4) Dolby
1987-07-10 … FULL METAL JACKET (10)
1987-09-18 … APOCALYPSE NOW (1) 70mm-Dolby
1987-09-25 … DIRTY DANCING (2) Dolby
1987-10-07 … BABY BOOM (9) Dolby
1987-12-11 … EMPIRE OF THE SUN (10) Dolby

1988-02-19 … CRY FREEDOM (3) 70mm-Dolby
1988-03-11 … SHY PEOPLE (3) Dolby
1988-04-01 … BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY (3) Dolby
1988-04-22 … THE UNHOLY (2) Dolby
1988-05-06 … DEAD HEAT (2) Dolby
1988-05-20 … WILLOW (8) 70mm-Dolby
1988-07-13 … THE DEAD POOL (4) Dolby
1988-08-12 … TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM (8) Dolby
1988-10-07 … IMAGINE: JOHN LENNON (3) Dolby
1988-10-28 … DOMINICK & EUGENE (1) Dolby
1988-11-04 … U2: RATTLE AND HUM (3) Dolby
1988-11-23 … SCROOGED (7) Dolby

1989-01-13 … THE JANUARY MAN (2) Dolby
1989-01-27 … DANGEROUS LIAISONS (12) Dolby
1989-04-21 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (5) 70mm-Dolby SR
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (11) 70mm-Dolby
1989-08-09 … THE ABYSS (10) 70mm-Dolby
1989-10-20 … FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY (2) Dolby
1989-11-03 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (3) 70mm-Dolby SR
1989-11-22 … BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (6) Dolby

1990-01-05 … BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (8) Dolby
1990-03-02 … THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (12) Dolby
1990-05-25 … BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III (5) Dolby
1990-06-27 … DAYS OF THUNDER (7) 70mm-Dolby
1990-08-17 … WILD AT HEART (3) Dolby
1990-09-07 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1) 70mm-Dolby
1990-09-14 … POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE (4) Dolby
1990-10-12 … MEMPHIS BELLE (6) 70mm-Dolby
1990-11-21 … THREE MEN AND A LITTLE LADY (5) Dolby
1990-12-25 … THE GODFATHER PART III (8) Dolby

1991-02-14 … THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (11) Dolby
1991-05-03 … SPARTACUS (4) Dolby
1991-05-31 … CITIZEN KANE (2)
1991-06-14 … ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (10) Dolby
1991-08-23 … DEAD AGAIN (5) Dolby
1991-09-27 … FANTASIA (2) 70mm-Dolby
1991-10-11 … FRANKIE & JOHNNY (3) Dolby
1991-11-01 … BILLY BATHGATE (3) Dolby
1991-11-22 … THE ADDAMS FAMILY (4) Dolby
1991-12-20 … JFK (6) Dolby

1992-01-31 … SHINING THROUGH (3) Dolby
1992-02-21 … RADIO FLYER (2) Dolby
1992-03-06 … HEARTS OF DARKNESS (2)
1992-03-20 … THE INNER CIRCLE (1) Dolby
1992-03-27 … THE POWER OF ONE (6) Dolby
1992-05-08 … CASABLANCA (2)
1992-05-22 … FAR AND AWAY (4) 70mm-Dolby
1992-06-19 … BATMAN RETURNS (6) Dolby SR
1992-07-31 … DEATH BECOMES HER (1) Dolby SR
1992-08-07 … UNFORGIVEN (5) Dolby
1992-09-11 … BLADE RUNNER “The Director’s Cut” (3) Dolby
1992-10-02 … HERO (3) Dolby SR
1992-10-23 … A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT (7) Dolby SR
1992-12-11 … A FEW GOOD MEN (8) Dolby SR

1993-02-05 … STAR WARS (1) Dolby
1993-02-12 … THE CEMETERY CLUB (3) Dolby
1993-03-05 … MAD DOG AND GLORY (1) Dolby
1993-03-12 … A FAR OFF PLACE (1) Dolby
1993-03-19 … RICH IN LOVE (1) Dolby
1993-03-26 … UNFORGIVEN (2) Dolby
1993-04-09 … INDOCHINE (2) Dolby
1993-04-23 … THIS BOY’S LIFE (2) Dolby
1993-05-07 … MY FAIR LADY (1)
1993-05-14 … LOST IN YONKERS (2) Dolby SR
1993-05-28 … SUPER MARIO BROS. (3) Dolby SR
1993-06-18 … LAST ACTION HERO (3) 70mm-Dolby
1993-07-09 … JURASSIC PARK (4) DTS
1993-08-06 … THE FUGITIVE (6) Dolby SR
1993-09-17 … THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (4) Dolby SR
1993-10-15 … EL CID (1) Dolby
1993-10-22 … THE NIGHMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (5) Dolby Digital
1993-11-24 … SHORT CUTS (2) Dolby
1993-12-10 … GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND (2) Dolby SR
1993-12-25 … HEAVEN & EARTH (4) Dolby Digital

1994-01-21 … WRESTLING ERNEST HEMINGWAY (2) Dolby
1994-02-04 … STAR WARS / EMPIRE / JEDI (1) Dolby
1994-02-11 … THE GETAWAY (1) DTS
1994-02-18 … BODY SNATCHERS (1) Dolby SR
1994-02-25 … THE REMAINS OF THE DAY (1) 70mm-Dolby
1994-03-04 … ANGIE (1) Dolby
1994-03-11 … THE REF (2) Dolby
1994-03-25 … THE HUDSUCKER PROXY (8) Dolby Digital
1994-05-20 … MAVERICK (4) Dolby SR
1994-06-17 … theater closed
1994-06-24 … THE LION KING (12) Dolby Digital
1994-09-16 … WOODSTOCK “The Director’s Cut” (1) Dolby Digital
1994-09-23 … THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (4) Dolby
1994-10-21 … LOVE AFFAIR (2) Dolby Digital
1994-11-04 … MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN (2) Dolby SR
1994-11-18 … STAR TREK: GENERATIONS (5) Dolby Digital
1994-12-25 … I.Q. (3) Dolby Digital

1995-01-13 … LEGENDS OF THE FALL (8) Dolby SR
1995-03-10 … OUTBREAK (3) Dolby Digital
1995-03-31 … THE WILD BUNCH “The Director’s Cut” (2) 70mm-Dolby
1995-04-12 … ROB ROY (4) DTS
1995-05-12 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (2) DTS
1995-05-24 … BRAVEHEART (4) Dolby Digital
1995-06-23 … POCAHONTAS (5) Dolby Digital
1995-07-28 … THE NET (4) SDDS
1995-08-25 … BEYOND RANGOON (2) SDDS
1995-09-08 … BELLE DE JOUR (1)
1995-09-15 … BRAVEHEART (4) Dolby Digital
1995-10-13 … THE SCARLET LETTER (2) Dolby Digital
1995-10-27 … COPYCAT (5) Dolby Digital
1995-11-22 … TOY STORY (4) Dolby Digital
1995-12-20 … NIXON (3) Dolby Digital

1996-01-12 … TOY STORY (1) Dolby Digital
1996-01-19 … MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS (10) Dolby Digital
1996-03-29 … BRAVEHEART (1) Dolby Digital
1996-04-03 … PRIMAL FEAR (5) Dolby Digital
1996-05-10 … TWISTER (2) Dolby Digital
1996-05-22 … MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (6) Dolby Digital
1996-07-03 … INDEPENDENCE DAY (11) Dolby Digital
1996-09-20 … THE FIRST WIVES CLUB (4) Dolby Digital
1996-10-18 … SLEEPERS (5) Dolby Digital
1996-11-22 … STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT (3) Dolby Digital
1996-12-13 … MARS ATTACKS! (3) Dolby Digital

1997-01-01 … EVITA (4) Dolby Digital
1997-01-31 … STAR WARS “Special Edition” (3) Dolby Digital
1997-02-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK “Special Edition” (3) Dolby Digital
1997-03-14 … RETURN OF THE JEDI “Special Edition” (5) Dolby Digital
1997-04-18 … DAS BOOT “The Director’s Cut” (2) SDDS
1997-05-02 … ANNA KARENINA (1) Dolby Digital
1997-05-09 … FATHERS’ DAY (2) Dolby Digital
1997-05-23 … ADDICTED TO LOVE (4) Dolby Digital
1997-06-20 … BATMAN & ROBIN (3) Dolby Digital
1997-07-11 … CONTACT (10) Dolby Digital
1997-09-19 … L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (4) Dolby Digital
1997-10-17 … THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE (3) Dolby Digital
1997-11-07 … STARSHIP TROOPERS (6) SDDS
1997-12-19 … TITANIC (3) Dolby Digital

1998-01-05 … theater closed

The references for this filmography included various issues of Boxoffice, The Arizona Republic, Variety, and Dolby sound system installation records.

Sushijeff
Sushijeff on August 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm

I was visiting AZ as a child to see my uncle graduate from Thunderbird University and it was opening weekend of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. We saw the movie at this amazing theater. Now years later I live in AZ and wish it was still around!

marxvideo
marxvideo on December 29, 2012 at 8:52 am

We used to visit my sister Lillian in Scottsdale, and on one long trip from California in 1966 there were ads in our reading materials for The Blue Max. Coming in to Scottsdale there it was, at the Cine Capri, one of the most fabulous theaters I ever saw. I had just gotten my license and begged Mom for the car so I could go to the movie there, and she relented if I took my little brother Ricky. Those opening moments, as the biplanes soared over the battlefield on that fantastic screen are embedded in my brain — the fury of their machine guns reduced to tiny tapping high overhead. And I remember the lifting of her curtains before the show began — it gave any movie at the Cine Capri special importance and I saw a film there every time I came to town — if it was playing here, it must be good. Totally infatuated with the aerial scenes on that big screen, I left the theater in a haze, completely unaware I had left my little brother asleep on the cushions of that comfortable lobby. If I recall, it was circular and had very tall windows. We found him there a half hour later when I returned under scathing direction from my Mom.

andrewgage
andrewgage on December 12, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Saw “Contact” there in 1997. What I remember most about the Cine Capri, aside from the airport terminal-sized lobby with gleaming white terrazzo flooring and tall windows, was the cinder-black colored curved exterior wall with gold flecks in it – and that odd moustache logo on the front. What an interesting mid-century theater. It looked massive from the parking lot. Too bad it’s gone. I ran across an old clipping from 1962 showing an announcement about plans to build the theater – apparently it was originally designed to be a geodesic dome along the lines of the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles, but apparently that plan got changed. And that’s probably a good thing. The Cine Capri as built was a wonderful piece of architecture.

Thought I had a scan of the announcement, but I can’t locate it. But if anyone has a copy of the Feb. 1962 “Phoenix Days & Ways” magazine (there are a lot of them floating around out there because it was a phonebook-sized special edition to commemorate Arizona’s 50th anniversary of statehood), the announcement is in there.

Hollywoodsteve
Hollywoodsteve on July 3, 2012 at 7:43 pm

It’s “new location” is in Scottsdale. It’s not the same….not by a long shot.

chrisxxx
chrisxxx on June 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm

My understanding is that the theater was not demolished but rather dismantled and rebuilt at another location. I was never able to see where it was rebuilt and it may be closed by now. Does anyone know for sure?

Hollywoodsteve
Hollywoodsteve on March 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Great ad, Mike Rivest!

rivest266
rivest266 on January 3, 2011 at 10:43 pm

March 30th, 1966 grand opening ad is at:

View link

Charlton Heston was in person.

William
William on August 19, 2010 at 3:47 pm

IA, Carl is Kent’s father. Yes, I remember him from his Pacific Theatre days too. The studios would do a Dolby tech for a opening of a picture. And after they left he would come in and turn down the surround channel in the main house of the Hollywood Pacific Theatre. And I would come in and turn the amps back to the Dolby tech setting the day before.

IA
IA on August 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Kent Peterson, You last posted here in 2004. As knowledgeable as you seem to be, I’m wondering if you are related to Carl Peterson; once owner of a service and supply business in Salt Lake. When I last heard of him, he was Director of Projection Engineering for Pacific Theaters. I knew him from projectionist days at Catalina in Tucson.

sylvedore
sylvedore on June 4, 2010 at 2:51 pm

The Cine Capri was truly a beloved piece of Phoenix history and it was a real tragedy to have it lost forever. Many groups tried to stop the demolition over the years; the best they did was post pone the inevitable. Like many other people that posted, if a movie came out that I was really excited to see, this was the only place to see it. I waited in multiple lines that wrapped around the parking lot on opening nights just to see a movie there. I was priviliged to see the Star Wars re-releases, the opening of “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, “Citizen Kane”, “Doctor Zhivago”, “The Lion King”, and probably many more. One that particularly sticks out in my mind was a day viewing of “The Silence of the Lambs”, one where I snuck out of a college course just in order to take it in. The theater truly had no equal and I could hardly believe it when they finally tore it down.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 31, 2010 at 5:05 pm

You are right Stan. I have been watching myself.Guess i am just too big a fanatic of 2001.

IA
IA on May 31, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Re: “Star Wars”

Wish I owned 10% of that “Overrated and it Sucks”

What a dumb thing to say.

StanMalone
StanMalone on May 21, 2010 at 11:06 am

I have a comment on the entry of 5/20/10 by Mike Rogers regarding Star Wars. I do not think that it was an appropriate comment for this site. This is a place where people come to read and share stories on movie THEATRES, not the movies themselves. Now I know that it is hard to talk about one without the other because without the movie there would be no theatre. Part of the history of theatres is what movie opened the theatre, which one closed it, which blockbusters played here, and the source of this discussion, what was playing when a particular event took place. All of that is as relevant as events such as when a place was twinned, converted to platters or digital, or was robbed, flooded, raided, damaged by weather, or any number of the countless events that take place in theatres. However discussions about how good or bad a movie was is not really relevant here. That is blog and chatroom stuff. I am sure that Mike could find such a site and start a thread along the lines of:

STAR WARS: Overrated and it Sucks.

I have only read through these comments once, but I do not recall anyone talking about the worthiness of the movie, only its place in the history of this theatre. The fact that it was such a mega hit makes it worth noting that it played here. The fact that the theatre made the upgrade to Dolby during its run was a notable milestone in its history. You youngsters who did not grow up during the 1955-1975 era of movies where you only got stereo sound on big magnetic track roadshows will have a hard time understanding how big a deal the advent of Dolby stereo systems was to us. Now we could have stereo and surround sound in our neighborhood theatres all of the time although it was still early to mid 80’s before you could count on all movies being encoded.

As for myself, I will, in the spirit of full disclosure, partially break my rule and comment on the movie itself. I enjoyed it. I found it a good, entertaining, action adventure movie, but it meant no more to me than a good western or war movie would have. Once I had seen it, then I had seen it and probably would not have again except for one thing; presentation. Getting back to the spirit of this site though not this page, I saw it four times. First, at the Loews Tara in mono. I have often been critical of Loews, who I worked for at the time, for not going to the expense of installing a Dolby system in their showcase Atlanta house for this big event movie. That may still be valid although the information I found on this page makes me think that it is possible that one was not available during this period.

My second viewing was at the Canton Corners (Blackwell Square), a theatre far into the Atlanta burbs. I went to this trouble because Norm Schneider, the long time Altec serviceman had retired and did what most of us only dream of doing, opening his own theatre with a presentation built to his specs. A lot of people made that trek in those days where mono still dominated theatres and were rewarded with a sound presentation that I have only heard equaled at the New Neon Movies in Dayton Ohio during their Cinerama days. I still judge all theatre sound experiences by this standard.

Third was later that year at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Big event, packed house, lot of fun had by all, but I was there mainly to see what it would be like in this huge place with a big crowd. This was well before my days of working in the Fox booth so I was not as aware of why the Fox is such a poor place to see a movie. Although a lot of improvements have been made to correct this, back then the cavernous auditorium, plaster walls, dozens of nooks and alcoves, and no wall to separate the lobby from the theatre itself made the sound just bounce and rattle around the place. The explosions and laser blasts sounded great, but as for dialogue, well, it is a good thing that I had seen the movie before so I could follow the story.

My last Star Wars show was the 1983 re-release which was more notable for the Revenge of the Jedi preview attached to the front. I wish I had kept it and the one sheet as I am sure both went up in value when they changed the name to Return. We ran it in our Yamaha brand 4 track Dolby house. Sounded good, but pretty pale compared to the Canton Corners, which was custom designed by someone who had forgotten more about sound than most techs will ever know.

So, I am sorry that I got somewhat off topic here, but I would like to see people be able to come to this site and read and hopefully add information about these great theatres without having to wade through a bunch of extraneous material. So many of these theatres are gone now that this is one of the few places we can come to relive the good old days.

Mike: I have read a good many of your posts and enjoy the ones where you relate what was playing. A lot of us are fans of the style and layout of movie ads in the days before it became plain block listings resembling the phone book. It seems that you may be looking at some old ads you have kept. If so it would be great if you could scan and post them on flickr or some such site.

Michael: Thanks for the listings. Even though I have no connection to this theatre, it is fun to scan the list and recall what was playing when and think about where it played in Atlanta.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm

See I double clicked Sorry,still learning.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 20, 2010 at 7:01 pm

See that you have been on C.T. since 2004,well Mike and I did not find C.T. till 2009 of course we had to learn how to use a computer first,we are just old school I quess.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 20, 2010 at 7:01 pm

See that you have been on C.T. since 2004,well Mike and I did not find C.T. till 2009 of course we had to learn how to use a computer first,we are just old school I quess.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Thanks MarkL it was a nice theatre,and Mike is just and old theatre DAWG like me,Cinema Treasures is my favorite site on the internet,although I check many others.

Mark_L
Mark_L on May 20, 2010 at 6:40 pm

No fight intended, and certainly no disrespect to MikeRogers. I wish only that the Force stay strong among us, and we resume discussing one of the the most memorable theatres of its time. All hail the Cine Capri, with the hope that we DO see the likes of it again.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 20, 2010 at 6:31 pm

O.K. Men lets not fight about it.I did not care for STAR WARS myself but I know many,many,many,people did.Its like people who say they do not like THE BEATLES, “the biggest music act of all time” I love their music and films but a few do not,live and let live.Have a good day.Now we are all off-topic!

Mark_L
Mark_L on May 20, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Please allow me to go off-topic here and address MikeRogers comment.

While growing up, we all want to be something special. Sure, while a child, we say we want to be a fireman or policeman, but, deep in our hearts, we want to be a hero. For my generation, it was Davy Crockett and, later, the 7 Mercury astronauts. For those growing up in the last decade loved and idolized the LORD OF THE RINGS. More recent folk seem to be especially entranced by AVATAR.

That group that grew up in the late 70’s and early 80’s, and even, to some extent, those just a bit younger, STAR WARS was one of the most memorable events of their childhood and adolescence. Luke and Han Solo were men without peer, Princess Leia was the most beautiful creature in the universe, and Darth Vader was the epitome of evil. They read the books, hung the posters and listened to the music until their lives matured.

Seeing STAR WARS and its companion films was a big moment. Folks of those years remember where and when they first saw it, and tell the tales of standing in lines as badges of honor. They argue about which theatres got the coveted 70mm prints, and who saw it in the new process of Dolby Stereo.

Sure, its a “B” movie…even George Lucas will admit to that. But, its a darn good story that really captures people.

That, MikeRogers, is why there are so many comments about the STAR WARS series and the theatres where it played. And they were very significant money makers for the theatre owners.

I enjoy the STAR WARS comments, and I really hope to see many more.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 19, 2010 at 7:24 pm

I wish you guys would get over where and when and how long “StarWars” played somewhere it was a B movie at best.Almost every theatre there is some debate about it.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 19, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Another great one gone.

Coate
Coate on January 11, 2010 at 7:28 am

The person who claimed in the intro at the top of the page that the Cine Capri opened with “Butterfield 8” is confusing this theater with the Kachina, which opened with “Butterfield 8” in 1960. The Cine Capri opened in 1966 with “The Agony And The Ecstasy.”

MPol
MPol on July 26, 2009 at 7:32 am

What a uniquely beautiful-looking theatre that was. Too bad it closed.