Capitol Theater

234 N. Main Street,
Delphos, OH 45833

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Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Capital Theater

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Capitol Theater

The Capitol Theater was in existence from 1922 until the early 1970’s, when it was purchased and refurbished. Spelling seems to vary between Capitol and Capital, unless there were two theaters with this name in Delphos.

The Capitol Theater was closed in the early-1970’s and was converted into a furniture showroom. They moved out of the building, and by 2007, it was sitting vacant.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

kencmcintyre on February 20, 2007 at 7:09 pm

There is a photo on this page:

And a picture of the theater’s organ on this page:

LouisRugani on April 20, 2010 at 8:16 pm

A suit filed in Allen county common pleas court by the R. C. A. Phototone company against Ellsworth mentioned in the Herald Thursday, has no connection with the Capitol Theatre in Delphos, or its owner, F. H. Staup.
The suit concerns R. C. A. Phototone equipment purchased for the
Wauseon theatre which was later sold by Ellsworth and Paul Staup
with the understanding that the purchasers would assume the deferred
obligations, which they have failed to do. The suit has no connection
with the local theatre.

veger7 on October 16, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Capitol bought by Westrich Furniture in 1975 according to their website.

50sSNIPES on June 10, 2021 at 3:30 pm

On the evening of April 21, 1942, the Capitol Theatre is destroyed by 2 fires and an explosion. The Delphos Daily Herald reported that the first fire was caused by the projector which were showing a trailer for Gary Cooper in “Ball of Fire” prior to a double showing of “Bombay Clipper” and “Mr. and Mrs. North”. Which at that time, the screen flashed out when the film suddenly broke and a portion of broken pieces became lodged in the aperture plate of the projector. The intense heat from lamps caused the film to ignite and the fire was immediately transmitted to a reel of films on the rewind table, and the heat from the burning celluloid almost immediately broke the fusible links causing the fireproof doors on the film vault and projection port holes to close automatically. The second blaze was also discovered at the projection room which is used to store 7,000 feet of reel, and was destroyed during the blaze. 6,000 feet of both movies, and 1,000 feet of trailers, advertisements, local merchants, and snipes. The projectors and sound systems were also damaged by the fire. The cause of the blast is unknown, but it blew open the fireproof doors.

NessaChan on January 26, 2023 at 9:06 pm

I found a program from a “Hotpoint Freedom Fair: Electronic Cookery Demonstration” that was held in the Capitol Theater. It’s undated, but probably early 1950s. May 6, at 10:00 am!

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