Capitan Theater

1001 Shaw Avenue,
Pasadena, TX 77506

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The Capitan Theater was opened in December 1949 by Isley Theatres. Located in the Pasadena district of Houston, it has a tower feature on the left of the facade, with a nautical mural on the face of the facade. Internal murals on the auditorium side-walls were by Nat Smythe. Seating was provided in orchestra and balcony levels.

The Capitan Theater was closed in 1969. Plans for renovations were announced in 2003, but to-date, have come to nothing. The exterior is beautiful, especially with the neon lit up.

It holds many wonderful memories for us Boomers…and before!

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Recent comments (view all 27 comments)

DonLewis on July 26, 2009 at 1:34 pm

A photo set of the Capitan taken before and after its restoration.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 24, 2010 at 4:36 am

Here is a page in Boxoffice, February 4, 1950, with a brief article about the Capitan Theatre. There are three photos of the theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 24, 2011 at 12:30 am

Here’s an updated link to the 1950 Boxoffice article about the Capitan Theatre.

DonLewis on November 24, 2011 at 9:53 am

From the early 1970s a newspaper ad for the Capitan Theater in Pasadena.

jefferyintexas on February 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Are you from the Houston area?
Jeff in Texas

DonLewis on February 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm

West Texas is home jefferyintexas.


jefferyintexas on February 18, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Don, My late father was from Post 1919-1939. I was able to visit Post some years after my dad died. Got a couple of theater pictures there. I have not yet checked to see if they are posted…but I would imagine you have beat me to it! Thanks for the reply. Jeff

Theaterbug on October 21, 2012 at 11:59 am

Great building. This link includes historic photos of the theater:

snelson on September 1, 2014 at 6:09 pm

My father was projectionist here during the 50s & 60s. I used to ride my bike there every Saturday and spend the matinee there with him in the booth, where he taught me to splice film and use the equipment. I had free passes to give away which made me pretty popular. I remember the manager, other projectionists, the lady selling tickets, the huge speakers behind the screen…pretty cool to a 12 year old boy! Sam

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