Capitol Theater

Federa Plaza E. and S. Champion Street,
Youngstown, OH 44503

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Capitol Theater

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The Capitol Theater opened on February 18, 1922 and seated 1,400. Unfortunately it had a short life and closed by the mid-1930’s.

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wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on January 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Unfortunately there are few pictures of this theater other than one in a postcard.

As to more info, other than ads on the theater pages of the local papers I couldn’t locate any further into.

If the postcard isn’t already up on my Webshots site I’ll put it there and provide a link to it.

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on January 25, 2011 at 12:12 am

Here’s the link to the Capitol postcard views. Sorry about the qualit.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2011 at 3:54 am

Architects Edgar A. Stanley and Morris W. Scheibel formed their partnership in 1911, according to Stanley’s entry in “The Semi-centennial Alumni Record of the University of Illinois,” published in 1918.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 25, 2011 at 11:47 am

The Steinway Duo-Art Repoducing Grand Piano Style “O' cost $3,800.

The Robert Morton Pipe Organ was being made at the Robert Morton Factory in Van Nuys, California and was not in the Capital Theater for the February opening, but was to be installed in the Fall. In checking old organ records for Youngstown I could find no evidence that the organ ever was installed. Anyone know anything about this?

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on January 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm

So what’s your beef? Did you even bother to read all the links about its opening, and where did I say that the organ was there opening day. I don’t usually get miffed but your posts suggest that you didn’t read them.

I agree on the 1400 seats but I did qualify by saying “ABOUT 1700” since I couldn’t access the article when I entered this theater in CT.

In point of fact the theater did have an organ during its lifetime so my post was correct.

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on January 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I also found a list of Youngstown pipe organs and noted that a number of them were not on the list such as the one at Stambaugh Auditorium which was recently restored. Likewise none of the local church pipe organs were on the list.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm

wolfgirl, “Where’s The Beef?” I didn’t know I had one! Good Grief, Calm Down.

Turns out I did read EVER WORD about the Capitol in the VINDICATOR you so kindly added (not an easy task, I even had to jump back to page 1). How do you think I found out the info I added? The McMahom Piano Co. ad on the bottom right of, I think, page 14 mentions that the organ was being made at the Van Nuys, California factory and would be installed in the Fall.

I then went to this sight to get more info on the organ.

http://barton.theatreorgans.com/cgi-bindb2net,exe

In State type in OH, in City type in YOUNGSTOWN, click on Search.

Sorry, I just do not see any organ at the Capitol and that’s all I could find out not being in Youngstown. If you can find anything else out please let us know.

While I got the list of Youngstown Organs, I’ll try to add their info to their theaters.

Retired U.S. Navy Chief Bob Jensen
Manteno, Illinois

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on January 25, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Don’t mind me, Bob, trying to do several things at one time sometimes gets me a little edgy, especially when I can’t find what I’m looking for.

As an un-official historian on Youngstown’s history I’m called upon to provide all sorts of local information, and it can really get crazy.

Here’s some more information about the Capitol. The last link is the theater page of the Vindicator showing all the downtown theaters at the date of publication.

Have a great day.

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on January 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Ooooooops forgot to include the links.

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wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on January 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Thanks to the wonderful folks at our Public Library, they sent me two pictures of the Capitol, one an exterior view and one an interior view that I have put up on my Webshots site.

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