Capitol Theatre

1122 S. Main Street,
Rockford, IL 61101

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Jpirages on February 23, 2016 at 4:31 am

My great grandpa Tony Domino and great great uncle Ted Ingrassia built and opened the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, February 4, 1928. My grandma Maryjo Domino Pritz just turned 88 this year and reminisces on her time living above the theatre as a little girl with her parents and going out on the marquee looking up at the stars. Sadly the Great Depression hit and they lost the theatre. The first Italian grocery store in Rockford, Il was next store to the theatre, Ingrassia grocery store which my great great grandpa Salvatore Ingrassia owned and the tile is still present to this day. The only item my grandma was able to take from the theatre was her doll house doll and a suramic deer.

Scott on November 14, 2013 at 2:54 am

If this theatre actually operated until 1970 I would be very surprised. I was going to movies a lot in the late 1960s and I don’t recall it being open then. To my recollection, downtown had the Coronado, the State, the Times, and the Midway.

atmos on March 14, 2013 at 9:46 am

The opening ad states it opened on 4 Feb 1928.

rivest266 on November 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm

This opened on October 4th, 1928. I have posted its grand opening ad as well as two photos in this theatre’s photo section.

Rob on July 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm

The Capitol had a three manual, nine rank Kilgen theatre organ, Opus 4008. Ranks were Bourdon/Concert Flute, VdO, Diapason, VdO Celeste, Saxophone in the Main (probably right)chamber; and Tibia, Tuba, Kinura and Vox Humana in the Solo chamber on the other side of the theater. Percussions included Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Marimba and Chimes. Traps on Accompaniment (bottom) manual keyboard were Snare Drum, Tambourine, Castanet, “Chinese” Wood Block and Sand Block. Traps on Pedal keyboard were Bass Drum/“Tympani” Roll and Cymbal. Only the Accompaniment manual had second touch. Another Kilgen model UO 20, nearly identical to the Capitol’s is still playing where originally installed, the Canton, Ohio Palace Theater. The Kilgen organ from Rockford’s Capitol Theater is still playing in a private residence in nearby Pecatonica, IL.

souledout4ever on October 10, 2007 at 4:42 am

how much would it cost to purchase the theatre and what would the terms of use and service be?

kencmcintyre on September 10, 2007 at 10:51 pm

Do you think that car has been sitting in front of the theater since 1928? It may have picked up a few tickets since then.

kencmcintyre on January 29, 2007 at 6:34 pm

Here is a re-post of Bryan’s 1928 photo:

atmos on January 29, 2007 at 1:50 am

The Historic Movie Theatres in Illinois book lists that it opened in 1931 and closed in 1970.The exterior photo from digital past features cars from either 1930’s or 1940’s,they definitely don’t look like vehicles from the 1920’s.

RandyO on May 14, 2006 at 5:38 pm

Does anyone know the name of the theater that was almost right next door to Virgili’s Supper Club on S. Main? It closed, I think, in the 1960s … there was a rather sensational murder years later, in which the body was found in the upstairs of the building. I can’t think of the name. Thanks for any help.

Scott on June 7, 2004 at 2:22 pm

I believe this theatre closed prior to the 1970s. I grew up in Rockford in the 1960s and don’t recall ever hearing of it. There were a number of downtown area theatres still going then, but not the Capitol.

Seth on May 8, 2004 at 5:30 am

Who are the gentlemen on the medallions? I only recognize Shakespeare and Beethoven. The other two look more modern. Funny to think they were used to endorse Hollywood ‘art’. The building is in pretty rough shape. Some of the parapet appears to have fallen off. I’m guessing that there was a raised portion in the center, which is in keeping with the Mission Revival (or whatever you want to call it) style. There’s still a fallout shelter sign on the front.