Capitol Theater

2525 W. Broad Street,
Richmond, VA 23220

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Auditorium pictured in this 1929 trade ad: archive

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

The auditorium housing shown in the B&W photo suggests that it originally had far more seats than 678. Perhaps the capacity was reduced in the 1936 “modernization?”

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm

STYLE, REMODELED TO:

ART DECO

PREVIOSULY OPERATED BY:

THALHEIMER INTERESTS

kseward
kseward on May 19, 2009 at 3:43 am

1978 clipping of newspaper ads for the Capitol and other Richmond-area Neighborhood Theatres:

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cmastersin
cmastersin on July 21, 2008 at 3:26 am

the Capitol was razed about a decade or so ago, as was Julians right next door, both situated directly across from the old RF&P train station, which still stands, and is now a museum.

stearn56
stearn56 on February 17, 2007 at 1:07 pm

I worked part time at the Capitol Theatre in 1980 while a student at VCU. Four floors of the neighboring Hotel William Byrd were used as a dormitory for the university. I worked concession mostly. The manager was an affable fellow named Herschel Hale. I remember the long lines for such first run movies as American Gigilo, Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke, The Amityville Horror, and Monty Python’s Life of Brian. I also remember the Italian restaurant next door, Julian’s, had some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. We played heck keeping it out of the theater! Anyone have updates about the area? I haven’t been there since 1981.

RayBentley
RayBentley on January 23, 2006 at 9:51 pm

When we operated the CAPITOL theatre (I was ad manager for Neighborhood Theatres), it was the premiere theatre from 1965 until the Ridge opened in 1970. Movies like “MASH” and “THE EXORCIST” ran for weeks to sell out crowds. It had no waiting lobby to speak of, and manager Charlie Hulbert used to enjoy running a long line down towards the hotel, claiming “nothing draws a line like a line” and he seemed to be right. In 1984, we had scheduled “PURPLE RAIN” to show there that summer. A buyer came by and claimed he needed it immediately, so we reluntantly sold the theatre, and then he let it sit idle for two or three years. In the meantime, the Broad Street Cinema just past Willow Lawn opened PURPLE RAIN and grossed $175,000. I believe we sold the Capitol for something like $250,000. Sad we couldn’t have waited.

balto18
balto18 on June 3, 2005 at 5:37 am

Actually, the Capitol originally advertised itself as being decorated in the Italian style. The organ was NOT a Wurlitzer—it was a Robert Morton. The Capitol remained one of the city’s premiere theatres despite its small size long after the big downtown theatres had become grind houses and was still showing first run pictures in the early ‘80s. However, it finally closed in '85 or '86. It was torn down because McDonald’s wanted to build a new store in the area. They then decided that the site wasn’t adequate after all, and tore down a '20s gas station. That wasn’t sufficient either and they built on an empty lot. Thanks, McDonald’s, for screwing Richmond out of two historic and beautiful buildings for no reason at all!

ghamilton
ghamilton on March 16, 2005 at 11:50 pm

The section on Richmond is sooo lacking.No mention of the Mosque and all the houses that were/are on W.Broad.

atmos
atmos on November 16, 2004 at 6:01 am

there are two photos of the theatre,one exterior and one interior, on the website http://richmondthenandnow.com and it was demolished in the 1990’s.
atmos