Capitol Theatre

211 State Street,
Madison, WI 53703

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Circa 1938 print ad for the Capitol Theatre courtesy of Ted Okuda.

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The Capitol Theatre opened on 21st January 1928. It was first a Fox house, then later operated by RKO Stanley Warner.

In 1980 it became part of the Madison Civic Centre and was re-named Oscar Mayer theatre. It has now reverted back to its original name of ‘Capitol’.

Contributed by Graeme McBain

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 4, 2008 at 3:59 am

Some photos of the Capitol Theater can be seen here. Click on each photo to expand it.

MiltonSmith on May 4, 2008 at 5:34 am

That’s really about all that’s left of the Capitol Theatre…the facade.

MiltonSmith on July 19, 2009 at 4:47 am

Well, it sort of looks like an old theatre in the auditorium, but its not the old theatre. Its a new auditorium pretty much built to look like an old theatre based off the old theatre that was once there.

Its sad, but oh well, I guess it could have been worse, they could have gutted and gave it the bland look.

ruricius on March 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm

I’ve been carrying around about 15 of the original wall torch lights from the theatre for about 35 years now. In fact i just installed one today… still works (with a bit of WD40 to get the connections apart!). Ralph Mathisen UW ‘69, '73, '79

MiltonSmith on June 2, 2012 at 2:42 am

I just saw this post. Ralph, is there any way you could post a picture of these wall torch lights? If not, could you e-mail me a pic?

Tinseltoes on December 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Slide show of renovations: findorff

LeslieB on January 24, 2014 at 7:28 pm

In 1955, Ben Marcus bought the theatre. It had 2,250 seats. At that time, 2 stores occupied the first floor of the building. In 1956, he sold it to Stanley-Warner Theatres, which had been operating under a lease arrangement.

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