Capitol Theatre

140 1st Street N.,
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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Grand opening ad

In the early-1940’s, the Capitol Theatre was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary E.J. Sparks. It was still open in the early-1960’s when I saw “Caltiki, the Imortal Monster”, “Slightly Scarlet”, and “Marilyn” there. Later it started showing showing more risque movies like “Promises, Promises”.

It was located just north of downtown near Williams Park.

Contributed by Robert L. Bradley

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rivest266
rivest266 on November 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I uploaded the first ad in this theatre’s photo section from September 23rd, 1925.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on September 21, 2012 at 1:39 am

In researching the closing date of the Capitol I found the theatre had changed names twice. January 5 1965 was the theatre’s final day as the Capitol. The last two features were “Love on Credit” and “Burlesque Girls.” Based on the daily ads adult entertainment had evidently been the Capitol’s standard fare for some time.

Between May and June of 1965 the theatre reopened as the Family Theatre with 2nd-run double and triple features. Then on February 18 1967 the Family Theatre became known as the 1st Street Theatre featuring (once again) adult films. The opening day double feature was “Love on Credit” and “Burlesque Girls.”

According to a published ad that appeared on July 4 1967, the theatre was to feature live burlesque beginning July 19th. But this never occured as the theatre closed a few days before the 19th and evidently never reopened. The theatre time clock listed the 1st Street Theatre as “closed for the summer.” A review of the listings through December of 1967 did not show any reopening date.

I’ll post some ads under the photos tab shortly.

jimmyj
jimmyj on December 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I recall the “Capital Theater” floor was sidewalk blocks.

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