Capitol Theatre

7941 S. Halsted Street,
Chicago, IL 60620

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JSR on September 26, 2017 at 12:24 am

I lived at 6927 S union in the 50s and always walked to the movie with a quarter which gave me entry, candy, popcorn,and a drink. saw a news real, cartoon and two movies. WOW those were the days, moved out to Villa Park in 1957 and graduated form willowbrook high school 1963. Joined the USMC and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Now live in Plainfield IL. If anyone went to DS wentworth grade school please email me at . My first girl friend was Betty Swanson, Mary Holland, and Bonnie Myer.

Harper48 on January 20, 2017 at 11:24 am

I saw movies at this theater including Disney comics and Davy Crockett. My father, Louis Harper, owned the Wimpy’s Grill hamburger diner just down the street. I was just a kid in the 50’s. All the 12c hamburgers I could eat free, buying popcorn balls and candy apples next to the theater, and watching kid movies in a Roman village with stars on the ceiling. It was a great life. My last visit to Wimpy’s was in 1968 and the whole neighborhood was totally different than my childhood 1950’s.

davidplomin on June 22, 2015 at 8:24 pm

Sad to look at all those vintage b&w archive photos. Those beautiful statues and light fixtures! I hope they were salvaged by appreciative collectors and not vandalized or thrown in the dumpster!

GFeret on June 17, 2015 at 8:35 am

your recollection has summed-up a boys weekend pleasure budget of those beautiful old days excellently! but would I have bought THREE popcorns?

maxfabien on June 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

When I was a kid I lived near 105th & Halsted and I’d go by myself to the Capitol almost every weekend. Back then $1.00 covered my bus fare (15c each way), admission (25c), and 3 boxes of popcorn (15c each, and a drink (10c). Plus, I got to see a double feature.

uoficpa on February 23, 2015 at 10:54 am

T-bird79: never knew there was residential in the Franks' building. We moved on Peoria Street in 1965…just as the whites were leaving. An inglorious chapter of chicago’s race relations. There were so many nice things….the sunset club, capitol theater, walgreens with a soda fountain and restaurant, house of lum’s chinese restaurant, wimpy’s, Oglesby and Calumet used to be good schools, as well as Leo high school…loved spending my saturdays at the Capitol Theater watching triple feature karate movies.

t_bird79 on February 15, 2015 at 6:54 pm

I lived at 79th & Halsted from 1956 to 1964 in the Frank’s department store building, on the top floor above local loan. They were always getting robbed. I went to the capitol many times. It was my favorite place to go as a kid. Green mill pool hall across the street always had a crowd. I went to Oglesby, my brothers went to calumet. I miss the old place. lots of good memories.

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.

DavidZornig on May 26, 2014 at 9:45 pm

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

rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm

January 19th, 1925 grand opening ad posted here.

WMILES83 on October 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

A Karen do you remember this

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.

Broan on August 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm

And many more photos Here

Broan on August 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Additional SAIC photos: 1, 2, 3

TLSLOEWS on August 5, 2011 at 10:50 am

That is a nice shot,Thanks for posting btkrefft.

TLSLOEWS on July 15, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Was a nice looking theatre.

pmorgan on March 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Does anyone remember Lewis-Champlin elementary school in Englewood? Does anyone know where in Englewood it was located? It was torn down in 1937. Thanks

RichardCWolfe on August 31, 2009 at 12:20 pm

We would love to see them jimbarry.

Jim Barry
Jim Barry on August 31, 2009 at 11:56 am

Hi, all

I have alot of pictures from the Captiol, dating back to the 40’s.

And Before, when my dad was a usher and Chief of Service

Jim Barry

pdubit45 on June 30, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Looking at the picture brings back so many memories. I lived at the time in the 60’s at 8013 S. Emerald Ave. Me my sister and friends would go there to see movies and stage shows. I don’t know if anyone remembers when the Jackson 5 played there with Jackie Wilson. I was there for the rehersals because my stepfather played in the band. My sister and friend got Michael Jackson to give us his phone number, we call but Joe did not let us speak to him. I also got piece of Jackie Wilson’s shirt it was a blue shirt. I remember getting in trouble from my stepdad for ripping the man’s shirt. Those were the good old days.

kencmcintyre on May 10, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Here is a March 1968 ad from the Woodlawn Booster:

kencmcintyre on April 16, 2009 at 3:32 pm

It reminds me of the Royal in South Philadelphia, or the Imperial in Inglewood, CA. Both sat empty and rotting for years, although the Royal has been saved. The Imperial was razed for a strip mall.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 16, 2009 at 3:18 pm

The Capitol sat as a decaying hulk for many years on South Halsted Street before it was finally torn down:

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opus1100 on March 28, 2009 at 2:28 pm

The Capitol was the regular theatre visted by my folks. Once in awhile they would take me along. The Capitol was an atmospheric theatre and vastly different from the very plain 30s Beverly which was the movie house I normally went to. I was fascinated by the decor and twinkling stars in the ceiling. The Capitol had a 3m 17r Wurlitzer theatre organ. After the talkies made their appearance the main cable was axed and the organ console stored back stage. It was removed in the 60s and is currently installed in a suburban Chicago home. The water tank on the roof of the auditorium had a structure with lights around it which made to resemble the Capitol dome.