Capitol Theatre

19 S. 3rd Street,
Yakima, WA 98901

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BOBinWI on August 23, 2014 at 9:28 am

I heard the story of how Bob Hope came to be the MC for the grand opening. In the Vaudeville Era, great entertainers would play the houses in Seattle and Spokane. Travel expenses were high and players often skipped town without paying their hotel bills. The sheriff met them the next trip. Yakima heard of this and offered free room and board if they played the CAPITOL. A minister and his wife provided lodging.

This caught on and Yakima hosted many fine shows while the players earned some travel money. When Bob Hope got the call he remembered Yakima and was happy to do the honors.

TLSLOEWS on June 21, 2010 at 2:31 pm


mikemorano on September 4, 2006 at 9:15 am

I have a link to a color photo of the Capitol Theatre. At the bottom of the page is the photo. When you click on the photo you get a closer view of the theatre.
View link

kencmcintyre on September 4, 2006 at 8:50 am

There are several photos of the Capitol on this page. The first shows the previous incarnation as the Loew’s State:

kateymac01 on May 12, 2005 at 11:09 am

This theater was also known as the State at some point. Great photos at View link

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 6, 2005 at 2:51 pm

The Mercy Theatre opened on 5th April 1920 with a Shubert production of the operetta “Maytime”.

GARYB on May 17, 2004 at 4:34 pm

While searching for information on theatres I discovered the Cinema
Treasures website and our Yakima Capitol Theatre. To complete the history, the restoration architect was William E. Paddock of the firm Paddock and Hollingbery P.S. and the theatre was originally part of the Pantages chain. I was with the firm during it’s restoration.

Gary E. Bickley, Architect