Capitol Theatre

208 Penn Avenue,
Scranton, PA 18503

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MisterMovie593 on February 19, 2015 at 10:03 am

Hello. I am doing research on the career of Bela “Dracula” Lugosi. I read elsewhere that Lugosi once appeared on the stage of the Capitol in Scranton in a vaudeville act. If anyone has any information regarding this appearance, please contact me at with whatever information you may have. I appreciate any responses!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 4, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Nancy McDonald’s If You Can Play Scranton says that the Capitol Theatre opened as the Miles Theatre on November 7, 1921. It started out attempting to compete with the Poli Theatre, then Scranton’s leading vaudeville house, but had little success. In 1923 it was sold to Michael Comerford who renamed it the Capitol Theatre. Comerford’s management so completely reversed its fortunes that he was able to buy Poli’s Theatre in 1925.

The Capitol operated as a combination house for many years, and though after the 1920s it ran movies most of the time, through the 1930s and 1940s it also hosted performances by the popular bands of the day, and even presented occasional vaudeville shows.

According to this web page, this 1954 advertisement is from the Capitol Theatre in Scranton. Assuming the attribution is correct (the town’s name does not appear on the ad), this is the most recent mention of the Capitol I’ve found.