Capitol Theatre

706 W. Main Street,
Marvell, AR 72366

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Architects: R.L. Swim

Previous Names: Marvell Theatre

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The Marvell Theatre was opened October 1937. It had a short life as it was destroyed by fire on April 8, 1938. The Capitol Theatre was built in its shell and opened July 15, 1938 with seating stated at 325. No closing date was given but it stated that the theatre was still in operation during 1950, when it had 413 seats.

The article said the building was still standing but usage was unknown. The theatre was owned and operated by Mr. T. Whitehall at its opening.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 22, 2015 at 11:46 pm

The “New Theatre Openings” column of the September 9, 1938, issue of The Film Daily said that the Capitol Theatre in Marvell had opened on July 15. The 300-seat house, designed by architect R. L. Swim, had cost a modest $7,500. W. W. Davis was the first manager.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 23, 2015 at 1:39 pm

The Capitol Theatre’s short-lived predecessor was called the Marvell Theatre. The October 4, 1937, issue of The Film Daily announced that the Marvell had recently opened. It was in operation only a little over half a year, and was destroyed by an arson fire on April 8, 1938. The Capitol was most likely built in the Marvell Theatre’s shell.

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