Loew's Capitol Theatre

1645 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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MarkDHite on August 19, 2020 at 8:16 pm

Thanks, you just caught me where I live: the day-to-day minutiae of operating a great movie palace. No detail too small!

bigjoe59 on August 18, 2020 at 3:48 pm


to MarkDHite- I thank you replying to my posts about HTWWW in an intelligent adult manner. all replies should be written in such a manner.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 18, 2020 at 3:22 pm

I concur with Mike (saps). Too bad it will never again be THAT screen. Even 90% of it.

bigjoe59 on August 18, 2020 at 3:11 pm


to Archive, thanks for the detailed info. I was lucky enough
to have seen 2001 twice during its roadshow engagement here.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 18, 2020 at 3:08 pm

I hope we will soon have the opportunity to see it again on a big screen

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 18, 2020 at 2:20 pm

I did have that issue of Life magazine. In fact, I still have it. It’s been my favorite movie since I first saw it, and the way things are now, I don’t think it will ever be replaced.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 18, 2020 at 11:05 am

Thanks, Archive. Do you have the percentage of screen fill for Planet of the Apes, the final 35mm film to play the Capitol?

For 52 years, my memory of 2001 on that screen was the most overwhelmingly huge movie experience of my life. Now I find out it was only filling 90%! 🙂

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 18, 2020 at 10:17 am

That’s great info, Archive! Mind if I ask what the source is? Just curious.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on August 18, 2020 at 6:51 am

The Capitol was being marketed as Loew’s Cinerama at the time, with “How the West Was Won” running nearly 40 weeks by the Thanksgiving holiday. Seating capacity was reported as 1,552 in trade journals… I never attended a Broadway stage play or reserved-seat movie that started exactly at the time stated on tickets.

MarkDHite on August 18, 2020 at 5:05 am

If you look at the timings of the overture and exit music, the time between shows is probably more like 22 minutes. Pretty tight turnaround, no doubt, but the 5:15 show probably rarely sold out and there was a healthy 40 minute break before the evening show to pick up trash and straighten up.

MarkDHite on August 18, 2020 at 4:56 am

The overture and exit music played with the curtain closed and the lights up, so that was extra time to get people in and out. I’ll bet the Capitol, designed as it was for 5000 people, emptied pretty fast.

hdtv267 on August 18, 2020 at 4:02 am

why is that so important? it worked apparently. Did you miss out on buying a souvenir program because you were rushed into the theatre?

bigjoe59 on August 17, 2020 at 4:19 pm


to Ala A. thanks again for your reply. you are probably right that by Thanksgiving 1963 HTWWW was no longer selling out. since this was a roadshow engagement everyone had to leave. I have seen the ads for roadshow engagements in the photo section of the other six theaters the studios used. often for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas depending on the length of the film they would always schedule what I would deem sufficient time to get the old audience out and the new audience in. with HTWWW this theater was kind of cutting it close with only 15mins.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 17, 2020 at 2:10 pm

Cinerama seating was 1552 and by Thanksgiving that year “WEST” was probably no longer selling out.

bigjoe59 on August 17, 2020 at 2:01 pm


to moviebuff82- if I am not mistaken this theater had the largest seating capacity of any Loew’s theater in Mew York City.

moviebuff82 on August 17, 2020 at 1:21 pm

Was the seating the largest for a loews theater in their history?

bigjoe59 on August 17, 2020 at 11:51 am


to Al A. as always thanks for your reply. I forget about the lesser sitting capacity due to the installation of the Cinerama screen. but even if they lost say half the original 5,230 seats you’d still have a large crowd. so if the 2pm. showing was not even solid out but almost sold out I still don’t see how they could have had gotten the 2pm. audience out and the 5:15 audience in. this is especially true since I’m sure many of the audience for the 2pm. showing had to use the restroom once the screening was over.

also you said they might have been sitting people during the Overture. but wouldn’t the Overture been played in a darkened theater? that would have been a tricky situation seating patrons.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 16, 2020 at 2:46 pm

Don’t forget that seating was significantly reduced for Cinerama and people were probably still being seated during the Overture.

bigjoe59 on August 16, 2020 at 11:48 am


here’s an interesting question. in the photo section is an ad for the roadshow engagement of How The West Was Won. this particular ad was for Thanksgiving Day 1963. it was advertising 3 shows for the day- 2pm./5:15pm./8:40pm.. now the running time of the film including overture,entr'acte and exit music is 2hrs. 45mins. so with a 15min. break the running time of a performance would be 3hrs.. lets say the 2pm. was almost sold out. the Capitol was a huge theater so how in God’s name did they get the 2pm. audience out and the 5:15 audience in in only 15mins.?

vindanpar on June 15, 2020 at 4:33 pm

I hope you reported it to the ushers. Unless they were dealing it along with the souvenir programs.

bigjoe59 on June 15, 2020 at 12:33 pm


I think the only roadshow engagement at this theater that
I missed was The Hallelujah Trail. I saw it at my neighborhood
theater but would have loved to have seen it on the large
curved Cinerama screen here.

also I saw 2001 twice here during its roadshow engagement. it was the first time I ever smelled pot smoke in a movie theater.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 15, 2020 at 12:07 pm

52 years ago today was my only trip to the Capitol to see what would become my favorite movie, 2001.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on February 4, 2020 at 11:33 am

Pete is a true expert in this field. He once gave me a tour of a projection booth he was running at the Lafayette Theater in Suffern, NY, one of the finest theaters in the US.

PeterApruzzese on February 3, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Big Joe – it could be, but it’s not the kind of thing Warner does. They would want to perform a full restoration based on surviving negative, etc., elements.

vindanpar on February 1, 2020 at 9:37 am

I have most of them but I haven’t had a chance to sit and watch them. Also somebody said they aren’t worth watching unless you have a 10 ft screen. Well that’s not happening.

There was a screening of SP a number of years ago where I saw a photo of Gaynor, Kerr and Nuyen posing in front of the theater. Kerr looked very old which is always surprising when you only know how a person looked in their youth. Nuyen and Gaynor looked really good.