Capitol Theater

Newark, NY 14513

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Capitol Theater, Newark, NY

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This lovely theater was located in Newark, NY and many folks from Wayne County, NY will no doubt remember it. The Capitol Theater was opened December 31, 1925. By 1941, it was operated by the Schine Circuit. It was a “neighborhood theater” in that it ran films after they completed their runs in Rochester or Syracuse.

In later years, it showed adult films in addition to major titles to stay afloat. Shortly before it was to be restored by the state, the Capitol Theater burned to the ground during a showing of “Footloose” on June 15, 1984.

Contributed by Mark Goodrich

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 9, 2004 at 7:56 am

The Capitol had 1,246 seats, according to various Film Daily Year Books, but no specific address was ever given. The 1933 edition lists it as a Fox affiliate.

Ziggy
Ziggy on October 27, 2004 at 7:08 am

I have driven past this theatre many times (having grown up in Union Hill), and couldn’t believe such a gem of a theatre existed so close to home. I remember the old fashioned, pre-neon, marquee, and the art deco fixtures on the interior (probably from some slight modernization done in the early 30’s). I couldn’t believe my eyes when I went home for a visit back in the 80’s and saw nothing at this site but a gaping vacant lot. What a disappointment.

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[Deleted] on October 31, 2004 at 5:26 pm

I show the following for the Capitol Theatre, the opening date is given as Dec. 31, 1925. The closing date and date of the fire is listed as June 15, 1984. I also show 1129 seats listed for this theatre.

teecee
teecee on July 27, 2005 at 9:06 am

Beautiful memoirs of the theatre:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 6, 2007 at 10:26 am

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1226 style E X was installed in the Capitol Theater on 12/16/1925.

dhroc
dhroc on June 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I think it was run by Countrywide Theatres when it burned. I remember the screen was set up on the stage and tilted slightly back. Once you were into the movie for a little while you stopped noticing the slant.

The Capitol showed Caligula when it first came out. No other theatres within 50 miles would touch it. Not even in Rochester or Syracuse.

richard8555
richard8555 on March 18, 2013 at 7:48 am

I worked there back in the mid 60s. It was a wonderful theater. Under the stage there dressing rooms for performers in the early days of the theater. The hardest part of the job was changing the marque on Sunday nights afterthe last show, using a 20' wooden latter while balancing a wooden box of steel letters. Winter made it more challenging! It was a sad day when it burned down……beautiful theater! !

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