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Jdemarco13 commented about Capitol Theatre on Oct 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm

The Crystal Theater in Braddock opened in 1908. In the mid 1920’s it was fully renovated and re-opened as Braddock’s original Capitol Theater in 1928. It seated 1571 people. It was a majestic marble laden structure with an expansive balcony. It was located at 838-844 Braddock Avenue. Both the Capitol and the Times in Braddock were owned and managed by Crystal Entertainment, which I assume, was just a carry over name from the origial days of the Crystal Theater.

The Colonial Theater was located in Braddock’s early days at 710 Braddock Avenue. This would have been just a few doors east of what we all knew as the Parmount. The Colonial and Paramount did not co-exist. The Colonial was gone before the Parmount opened in and around 1936. And they were nt the same structure but just a few door apart in reality.

The Grand Theater was one of Braddock’s first Theaters….in fact it may have been the first It is doubtful film of any kind was shown there. It was more likely a burlesque theater. It was located on the corner of Braddock Avenue and John Street. It vacated in the early 1900’s for the building retail store giant of its time “Nugents department Store.”

I have not yet officially found an exact location of the Family Theater but I have found references in the early 1900’s for land being purchased for the building of a theater on the south side of Braddock Avenue between 8th and 9th Street and ironically that is the location of the original Times. Perhaps and likely the Family and the Times were the same location. The Times opened around 1938 or so. The Family Theater burned down in 1930….and it was around the corner from George Street from the fire references and that is exactly where the Times was located. The Times closed in an around 1953-54 and the Capitol mentioned above moved here around 1957. The address is approximately 867-69 Braddock Aveneue or so.

The Knickerbocker did exist but I have never found a location other than it being on Braddock Avenue.

Another note. There is not now, nor was there ever a 1600 block in Braddock so the American could not have been at 1616. But remember Braddock Avenue travels through many boroughs so it could have been in Turtle Creek or Regent Square.

Also I have never heard any references to the Braddock Theater in all my research of Braddock. Now I have something else to look for. Drat.