Century Capitol 16

3690 Hillcap Avenue,
San Jose, CA 95136

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Century Capitol 16

The Century Capitol 16 was opened by Century Theatres on March 11, 1994. Later operated by Cinemark, it was closed on October 5, 2010. It was demolished in February 2013.

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Chris Lion
Chris Lion on June 20, 2011 at 11:14 am

Was built in 1994 to stave off AMC opening a theatre in the Edenvale area of San Jose. Century made efforts to build, but kept getting put off by members of the San Jose City Council, who wouldn’t change the zoning in the area to allow for a theatre. AMC expressed interest in building in the area, in a location the city preferred. Finally, in a middle finger to the City Council, they built the Capitol 16 on the Capitol 6 Drive-in property—already zoned for a theater.

It was the last Century Theatres completely designed by architect Vince Rainey. Subsequent theatres had a significantly different—and much nicer—interior design. Shortly after, they stopped using Rainey completely favoring the standard theater design now used my most major chains: U-shaped box building, stadium seating, etc.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on February 24, 2013 at 5:25 am

I don’t know that this was the last theatre Rainey designed, as Century Folsom, Roseville and Rancho Santa Fe opened after the Capitol 16 — all VERY similar in design.

Capitol 16 was demolished in February of 2013.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on December 6, 2017 at 5:20 am

Is there anything on the old theatre site now?

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on December 6, 2017 at 5:44 pm

The theatre was built on the west portion of the Capitol 6 Drive-In, which itself was reconfigured to continue operation of all six screens on the east portion of the property. Now that the theatre has been demolished, the west portion of the property, including the land the building was on, acts as parking for the Capitol Flea Market/Swap Meet that operates at the Drive-In during the days Thu-Sun.

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