Capitol Theatre

313 Central Avenue,
Dunkirk, NY 14048

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Capitol Theatre, Dunkirk, NY

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Opened as the Drohen Avenue Theatre on December 25, 1918 with 1,200 seats. It was renamed Capitol Theatre in 1923. In the 1940’s it was operated by Warner Bros Circuit Management Corp.

It was demolished in the early 1970’s as a part of the city’s "urban renewal". The parking lot which replaced it still stands today.

Contributed by Paul Somerfeldt

Recent comments (view all 40 comments)

psomerf on April 30, 2007 at 7:57 pm

I found there may be a way, but I am going to be on the road off and on during the next month, so I won’t be able to play too much.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 7, 2007 at 3:50 am

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1440 style E X was installed in the Capitol Theater on 9/2/1926.

Patsy on September 7, 2007 at 4:02 am

I wonder what happend to that organ and was it in the theatre when it was demolished?

Patsy on September 7, 2007 at 4:05 am

Lost Memory: The August 19, 2005 photo isn’t there now and I’d love to see it again! Thanks.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 7, 2007 at 2:12 pm

I don’t know which photo that was. How about this.

Patsy…..I replied to your emails and they were bounced back with this message:

“Hi. This is the qmail-send program at
I’m afraid I wasn’t able to deliver your message to the following
addresses. (I removed your email address from this comment)
This is a permanent error; I’ve given up. Sorry it didn’t work out”.

Is there some sort of filter on your email?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 7, 2007 at 6:18 pm

Lets try this:

“Navy Blue and Gold” was released in 1937.

“The Iron Curtain” was released in 1948.

Maybe the email problem will be fixed soon.

psomerf on August 12, 2010 at 6:47 pm

The block that this house was on has recently undergone some changes. As a result, only one building that shared the block with the Capitol remains standing. All have been lost in less than 45 years.

DonLewis on September 9, 2010 at 4:17 am

From the 1940s a postcard image of Central Avenue that captured a view of the Capitol Theatre in Dunkirk.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 21, 2010 at 12:23 am

It was a WARNER THEATRE Still in the Fifties. Showing Jan.8 1951 was “LAST OUTPOST”.

missmelbatoast on April 1, 2011 at 12:39 am

In order to look at a 1912 tinted picture postcard of the lovely Mosonic Lodge (burned 1910) that
sat a few doors to the left of the Capitol Theatre go to Oklahoma Historical Society link and type
“dunkirk new york"
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