Capitol Cinema

766 Alum Rock Road,
Birmingham, B8 3PP

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erdington on February 16, 2018 at 3:36 pm

I remember the Capital very well. I lived in near by Small Heath and would pass by the Capital on the was to Washood Heath school during the mid seventies. Back then they would have the forth coming attraction posted on the board outside the cinema. At the time I was heavily into the kung fu films like Hapkido and Way of the Dragon, Even thou I was under age I was still able to pass for an adult. I always liked the Capital even thou it was smack bang next to a railway line and you could hear the trains and feel the vibration as they passed by. Great times.

Danfardy on November 1, 2017 at 2:07 pm

Thank you so much

Mike_Blakemore on November 1, 2017 at 11:17 am

I will have a look through the files..

Danfardy on November 1, 2017 at 7:00 am

Would be lovely to see them if you don’t mind. If you wanted to send them across that would be fab .uk

Mike_Blakemore on November 1, 2017 at 3:27 am

I remember Patrick he worked for me part time I have some photos of Patrick I think with the rest of the staff

Danfardy on October 30, 2017 at 3:42 pm

Hi came across this by chance. I am making a memory scrapbook for my fathers birthday. I googled the capitol cinema to see if I could find some old pictures of the building and off chance of finding some pictures of my grand parents. My grandmother and grandfather both worked here. Patrick and Mary Fardy. I can remember nan letting me get my own popcorn and grandad showing me how the film projectect on the big screen. The movie was Oliver and company and I can remember watching it a hundred times.

Mike_Blakemore on August 23, 2017 at 4:12 am

It was an operating mosque within 2 – 3 years of us selling.. There is no misinformation in the above article. I was one of the owners of the Cinema.. We sold the site December 1996. what happened after was no concern of us. We took the money and ran.

Khalid on August 22, 2017 at 9:18 pm

Yes. Slight misinformation above article. It closed in 1996 yes. It was closed for about 10-15 years and had all sorts of crime going on before it was refurbed and opened as a mosque. Also turning the alleyway behind it into a car park rather than waste land full of dumped rubbish.

Maxmld on April 25, 2017 at 4:33 pm

I remember queuing with my dad to see grease 1978 I think.
The que was all the way down the road I also remember seeing jungle book
Last feelings and others can’t remember the films. My brother used to take me there as well. I Remember the lady used to walk down the isle with a tray round her selling ice cream and things. An era long gone but not forgotten.

Mike_Blakemore on January 6, 2016 at 9:58 am

@ Donna That is a long time ago I only had one Asian ever work for me and All I can remember His Family had a factory directly opposite the Old Regal Handsworth… The Family took over the Regal from Mecca Bingo and turned it back to a Cinema… If my memory is right “the Prime Minister of India Visited the Regal..

Donna16377 on January 6, 2016 at 9:38 am

It’s a bit of a long shot but I’m trying to trace my father,did you no anyone going by that name?or similar?

Mike_Blakemore on January 6, 2016 at 1:24 am

Yes I was the Company General manager and I managed the Theatre.

Donna16377 on January 5, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Did you work their in 1976?

Mike_Blakemore on December 30, 2015 at 10:25 am

Hi Donna Did he come from hadswort ? and have a brummi accent

Donna16377 on December 30, 2015 at 9:23 am

Hi general manager,can u tell me if a asian guy Carl worked there in 1976,his real name may be khalid

LordWilsonVilla on January 30, 2015 at 7:47 pm

I can’t believe the cinema where I cued up with my wife and two children to see ‘Grease’, when if first came out, is now a mosque.? It’s a shame to see the demise of such theatres of dreams.

Mike_Blakemore on July 19, 2013 at 6:51 am

@ Jaiom.. My advice.after 39 years in the business.. for what it worth Advoid 35mm Format Projection will finish completely the end 2013 RFrom my memory of Small Heath. You have no Chance Best place to re-open is The Clifton Great Barr.. This would make a good proportioned 5 screen Cinema..

Jaiom on July 19, 2013 at 6:15 am

Great piece of information. I would like to open a 3 Screen Cinema in Birmingham around the Small Heath area. Mainly to show Bollywood films but Hollywood too esp Disney films during the Holidays. Do you know of any buildings big enough and what tips would you recommend? Thank You