Capitol Theatre

109 W. Second Street,
Grand Island, NE 68801

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StevenWoolworth
StevenWoolworth on July 19, 2014 at 1:46 pm

I grew up going to this theater! Lived in Grand Island from 1968 to 1980…saw crazy classics…THE GODFATHER (I was a child and slept thru it) and JAWS (hid under my seat) and HALLOWEEN (life changing) and so many others. I’ve now lived in Los Angeles and New York City. The Capitol always seemed so huge as a kid but I figured it was probably just a skewed memory because everything seems huge when you’re a kid. Seeing that it had 1,200 seats…more than most Broadway theaters…blew my mind. It really was HUGE!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

Gradually modernized over nine years, according to this 1956 trade article: boxoffice

acer42
acer42 on July 11, 2007 at 7:02 am

CORRECTION TO MY POST OF JUL 10, 2007.
The organ screens in the Capitol were very similar to those used by Eberson in the Detroit Annex Theatre, not those in the Kalamazoo theatre.

acer42
acer42 on July 10, 2007 at 3:46 pm

Actually, the only things the Capital had in common with the Omaha Riviera were they were both Eberson designs and atmospheric. The Capitol was very plain for Eberson. The procenium design was rather Moorish and the organ screens were quite similar to those Eberson used in the State Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI. Aside from that, the theatre had little architectural design at all. I photographed the theatre in 1977 when I saw “Saturday Night Fever” there. It was in pretty good shape aside from being stripped of it folage and wildlife. I also have a few original photos which show the trees, etc. which were pretty much all the decoration used in this theatre. This was Eberson on a very low budget. The theatre also had no lobby to speak of.

MidnightBlue
MidnightBlue on March 31, 2007 at 9:03 pm

As an educated guess, the Capitol could conceivably have been similar in interior style to the Riviera (which is now the Rose Blumkin Performing Arts Center) in Omaha, as they both were designed in Eberson’s Moorish-hodgepodge style, and the opening dates for the two theaters are only two days apart (the Riviera opened on March 26, 1927)!

Patsy
Patsy on September 22, 2005 at 7:09 am

“The Capitol was razed in 1986 to make room for a parking lot.” Even in NE this happens!! Maybe ‘lostmemory’ can supply CT with a photo(s) of this former theatre!