Capitol Theatre

7941 S. Halsted Street,
Chicago, IL 60620

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CAPITOL Theatre; Chicago, Illinois.

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The Capitol Theatre was located in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood on South Halsted Street near West 79th Street. Opened January 19, 1925, the Capitol Theatre was designed by the famed theatre architect John Eberson. His other Chicago theatres included the Paradise Theatre and the still-remaining Avalon Theatre (now known as the New Regal Theatre). This very large neighborhood theatre had an auditorium done in the Atmospheric style, resembling an ancient Roman villa complete with statuary, vines, and miniature temples covering the organ grilles.

The Capitol Theatre’s lobby and foyer areas contained plaster copies of antique Greco-Roman reliefs, more statuary and mosaic tiled floors. Like the auditorium, the lobby had a blue starlit sky. At one time, the theater also contained a 3/17 Wurlitzer theater organ.

The Capitol Theatre was very similar in design to Eberson’s Houston Majestic Theatre, built less than two years earlier, but unlike the Majestic Theatre, the Capitol Theatre contained organ grilles in place of side boxes. Originally built for the Cooney Brothers circuit for both stage acts and movies, the Capitol Theatre later became part of the Warner Brothers/Stanley-Warner chain, and changed to a movies-only format.

The Capitol Theatre was closed in 1974, and the decaying theatre was demolished in 1985. The site remains an empty plot of land in 2014.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Ray Martinez

Recent comments (view all 51 comments)

jwballer on March 30, 2010 at 1:28 pm

A 3/17 WurliTzer was installed in the theatre in 1925.

TLSLOEWS on July 15, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Was a nice looking theatre.

TLSLOEWS on August 5, 2011 at 10:50 am

That is a nice shot,Thanks for posting btkrefft.

Broan on August 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Additional SAIC photos: 1, 2, 3

Broan on August 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm

And many more photos Here

justinterested on September 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm

The restaurant across the street next to the Cosmo Theatre was the Green Mill, They had great milk shakes there.

WMILES83 on October 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

A Karen do you remember this

rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm

January 19th, 1925 grand opening ad posted here.

DavidZornig on May 26, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Just added a circa 1925 exterior photo, courtesy of Mike Tuggle.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on May 27, 2014 at 7:10 am

I did a little newspaper research. The Capitol Theatre closed in 1974.

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