Capitol Theatre

7941 S. Halsted Street,
Chicago, IL 60620

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uoficpa on February 23, 2015 at 11:54 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 7:54 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 8:10 am

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

DavidZornig on May 26, 2014 at 10:45 pm

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

rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm

January 19th, 1925 grand opening ad posted here.

WMILES83 on October 5, 2011 at 11:04 am

A Karen do you remember this

justinterested on September 19, 2011 at 3:45 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 4:16 pm

And many more photos Here

Broan on August 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Additional SAIC photos: 1, 2, 3

TLSLOEWS on August 5, 2011 at 11:50 am

That is a nice shot,Thanks for posting btkrefft.

TLSLOEWS on July 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Was a nice looking theatre.

jwballer on March 30, 2010 at 2:28 pm

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

pmorgan on March 28, 2010 at 9:11 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 1:20 pm

We would love to see them jimbarry.

Jim Barry
Jim Barry on August 31, 2009 at 12:56 pm

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 5:09 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 3:13 pm

Here is a March 1968 ad from the Woodlawn Booster:

kencmcintyre on April 16, 2009 at 4:32 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 4:18 pm

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

View link

opus1100 on March 28, 2009 at 3:28 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.

Jim Barry
Jim Barry on January 13, 2009 at 1:45 pm


I grew up @ 8012 S. Peoria and I am so Glad things are so safe there.

The 6th District has the 2nd highest rate of Murders in the City.

Leo High School has gone from 1200 intergated students to 300 students in a segragated setting that still depends on it White alumni to keep the School going.

Merchants have been driven out because of there ethnaticity—ie:
Korean, Arab, Jewish etc.

No theatres left, no Fine Dining, no shopping malls (remember 69th and Halsted was a mall that Failled, because of Crime.)

Jim Barry
Jim Barry on January 13, 2009 at 12:53 pm

He was the Manager during the war Years and they always had Live show. I have ALOT of Pictures and the one he Loved most was the Picture of him and Ann Sheridan.

The Annex was resteraunt, but next door to the North was POPCORN JOE’s, then the Bus Turn around, then the Auburn Park Chamber of Commerice (my dad way the Secretary) Then the Annax.

Jim Barry
Jim Barry on January 13, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Hi all.

My dad was the Manager there for quite some time.
He left I believe in 1956 and went to work as an Engineer for the Chicago BOE.

OMG ken I just saw you post about my DAD, thanks so much.

You know during the Depression my Dad,(Richard BArry) was the Chief of Service and FIRED his brother (Edward, Bus Barry), my Grandmother made my dad hire hem back——it’s such a funny Story.

Jim Barry

kencmcintyre on December 18, 2008 at 10:54 pm

The October 28, 1956 issue of the Southtown Economist reported the end of manager Richard Berry’s career at the Capitol after 31 years. He was an usher when the theater opened in 1925.