Capitol Twin Theatre

45 E. Main Street,
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

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Previously operated by: Comerford Theaters Inc., Publix Theaters Corporation

Architects: Leon H. Lempert, Jr.

Functions: Bar, Housing, Restaurant

Previous Names: Capitol Theatre

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Originally opened on March 5, 1928 with Mary Pickford in “My Best Girl”. It was twinned on May 12, 1978. I first saw the Capitol Theatre in 1998 and at this time it was only open on weekends. It was in terrible shape and I was amazed that it was still functioning.

The ceiling had been dropped and many of the ceiling tiles were missing. Sheet panelling covered most of interior so it was impossible to see any of the theatre’s original detailing. There appeared to be almost as many broken seats as there were unbroken. My notes from 1998, state it was originally a Paramount.

I passed through Bloomsburg again in 1999, and the theatre was now closed. I was informed by a local that the owner also owned a multiplex just outside of town and decided to close the Capitol Theatre permanently. It was converted into student housing in late-2008.

Contributed by Richard Grows

Recent comments (view all 42 comments)

bloomsburgorganist on May 19, 2009 at 1:19 pm

By the way, does anybody know what happened to the 2/5 Wurlitzer in the Capital. It was opus # 1797, I found a stoplist and it had a whole load of toys on it!
If anybody knows it’s fate please tell me!

TLSLOEWS on April 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm

NIce marquee shot ken mc.

Jack Theakston
Jack Theakston on February 25, 2013 at 11:11 am

Listed in in the 1945-46 International Motion Picture Almanac as a Comerford-Publix Theater. I suspect the architect was Leon Lempert, Jr. Does anyone have any clear interior photographs?

RJS on May 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm

It looks like someone purchased the building and reopened it as a restaurant and bar. The website is There are a few photos!

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on November 7, 2014 at 7:30 am

The 1929 date may be when this theatre became the Capitol. A Victoria Theatre is listed at 47 E Main St. in the 1922-23 city directory.

Jack Theakston
Jack Theakston on March 19, 2016 at 4:56 pm

I suspect this was built on the site of the Victoria Theatre. The architect here was Leon Lempert, Jr., who designed many of the other Comerfords. The sign on the front of the building is similar to early designs for Lempert’s Capitol in Rome, NY, also partly a Comerford house.

rivest266 on April 25, 2022 at 9:51 am

The Victoria theatre opened in the First Quarter of 1914. Ad for the New Victoria posted.

rivest266 on April 25, 2022 at 12:04 pm

2 screens on May 12th, 1978. Another ad posted.

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