Capitol Theatre

220 W. Dominick Street,
Rome, NY 13440

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Capitol Theatre, Rome, NY

The Capitol Theatre opened December 10, 1928 with Colleen Moore & Gary Cooper in “Lilac Time” as part of the Kallet Theaters chain. It was designed by architect Leon H. Lempert, Jr. It was equipped with a Moller 3 manual 7 ranks organ which was opened by organist Robert S. Bancroft. It operated as a first run movie house until the 1970’s, when it closed.

In 1985 the Capitol Theatre re-opened as a civic center. Recently, the original installation Moller theatre organ was returned to working condition.

In 2002, a series of silent movies in 35mm with theater organ accompaniment was started, featuring such internationally known organists as Philip Carli and Dennis James. The organ is maintained by the Rome Grand Theatre Organ Society, a chapter of the ATOS.

Contributed by Arthur Pierce

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RJT70mm on July 16, 2009 at 10:13 am

I grew up in Rome and the Capitol was my childhood movie house.
I’m now the primary projectionist at the Capitol. We’re proud to continue quality carbon arc projection. We also have variable speed motors with digital speed indication in .1 frames per second for silent film exhibition.
Projectors are Simplex XL with SH 1020 soundheads installed in 1953. We also have Ashcraft Core Lite lamps and a Dolby CP50 provessor.

SchineHistorian on August 4, 2009 at 10:16 am

Hope to see everyone at CAPITTOLFEST this weekend! A great film festival and something the folks in Rome can be very proud of!

romecapitol on January 26, 2010 at 10:55 am

The ticket booth is back! Pictures (old & new) are here: View link

SchineHistorian on January 26, 2010 at 11:12 am

Congratulations Capitol Theater folks! How nice to see a bit of the psst returned to the front of the theater – next stop… that marquee! CARRY ON! : )

kencmcintyre on March 16, 2010 at 4:21 pm

There is a November 1939 photo here from Boxoffice magazine:

romecapitol on March 16, 2010 at 9:11 pm

That’s a great photo—thanks for passing along that link! That’s actually the new (1939) marquee; we’re going back to the 1928 marquee and vertical sign which we feel is more appropriate to the front of the building. (And ultimately more effective in advertising the place—that vertical sign is 45 ft. high and will actually extend over the top of the building.)

TLSLOEWS on July 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Too bad the photo links do not work anymore.

ThePhotoplayer on February 23, 2011 at 7:58 am

FYI, this week is Cartoon Week at the Capitol. They’re running a dozen Looney Tunes in 35mm. If you’re in the area, check it outâ€"it’s a great opportunity to see a film presentation in a downtown theater.

darrenparlett on August 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Keep these stories coming in…i love reading those old cinema history

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 12, 2017 at 7:51 pm

The issue of the Rome Daily Sentinel published on December 8, 1928, two days before the opening of the Capitol, included an article about the Kallet Theatre chain (PDF here.)

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