Capitol Theater

61 Grove Street,
Meriden, CT 06450

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The Capitol Theater on Grove Street in Meriden was demolished in the late 1980s to make way for a parking garage. In the 1960s, the Capitol used to show double-features aimed squarely at kids. Typical fare would be two science fiction movies, a handful of Warner Brothers cartoons, and trailers.

Contributed by Bob Whitworth

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ZARDOZ
ZARDOZ on December 19, 2004 at 7:55 am

Well, if I may add a bit more, perhaps this will spur some additional memories from others. There was a balcony here, but in the 1960s and 70s, it was closed to the public. That didn’t seem to matter much, because people (like me) would always sneak up there with the hopes that the projectionist wouldn’t kick us out! There were persistent rumors that the balcony had been closed because of structural problems, but that rumor was never substantiated by anyone I met. My paternal grandmother, who lived to the ripe age of 101, used to tell me that the Capitol used to be called the “Life Theater” when she was a kid in the early 1920s. I never bothered to look that up. Some fellow with the last name of “Ricci” owned the Capitol, and also later owned the Meriden Theater on Broad Street in Meriden, CT. In fact, Ricci put his name on the Capitol’s neon marquee: “Ricci’s Capitol.”

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Here’s some Double features IN THE ORDER THEY PLAYED,March 24,1970

“SCREAM,SCREAM AGAIN"
"DESTRORY ALL MONSTERS"
Coming next "BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID”

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