Loew's Capitol Theatre

1645 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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Cinerama
Cinerama on July 15, 2021 at 5:36 pm

Japanese garden on this page - https://incinerama.com/ctlowes.htm

The Best of Cinerama last show was on 3/22/64. The Cardinal premiered on 3/25/64. Cardinal last show was 4/27/64. Windjammer premiered on 4/29/64. Again not much time to change from Cinerama to 35mm/70mm and then back to Cinerama.

WilliamMcQuade
WilliamMcQuade on July 15, 2021 at 3:13 pm

Does anyone else remember the Japanese garden which replaced the back of the orchestra ? Thought it was great .Saw West and the 3 panel Cinerama was great. The buffalo stampede and climax of the train shootout were great.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 15, 2021 at 12:48 pm

Hello-

was the reissue of Windjammer which played the Capitol the Spring of 1964 in the 70MM process or the original 3-panel system.

Cinerama
Cinerama on July 15, 2021 at 9:31 am

The last show of Windjammer was 6/23/64. Circus World premiered on 6/25/64. When did they expand the center Cinerama booth to include two 70mm projectors? Two days does not seem enough time to do that.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on July 12, 2021 at 5:08 pm

They were the front rows of the upstairs section. My dad and I saw 2001 from the divans section in June 1968. Ticket price was a big $4, and it really was big at the time.

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm

For those who went to the Capitol during its reserved seat days what exactly were the divans? Were they the firsts rows of the mezzanine or loge?

paullewis
paullewis on July 5, 2021 at 10:27 am

The Paramount had an office building (still existing) which presumably would have helped with costs whereas of course the Roxy and Capitol didn’t. Radio City was destined to go the same way but as we know was saved and still survives. I would imagine that with the huge numbers of tourists visiting the city the Roxy for instance would possibly survive today as a great attraction. Back in the days when these movie palaces were destroyed they relied almost exclusively on New Yorkers as the visitor numbers were a fraction of what they are now. I agree with vindanpar that unbelievably the Times Square area today is even worse than in the 70’s, sounds crazy but sadly it’s true I absolutely hate it.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 2, 2021 at 2:03 pm

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to vindanpar. you certainly make a number of valid points. to which a question- the Astor was a moderate sized movie theater whereas the Roxy and Paramount were HUGE. wouldn’t you say HUGE theaters like the Roxy and Paramount were doomed the second tvs became commonplace in the American home?

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 2, 2021 at 2:48 am

I believe the decline of midtown and Times Square began with the destruction of all the great buildings that were its anchor. Starting with the Roxy but really accelerating in the mid 60s.You had Penn Station, the old Met, the Paramount, the Astor, the Claridge, and the Capitol. People were avoiding the area because there was bleak construction going on seemingly on every other block, the streets were getting darker because of the skyscrapers going up and the middle class had no reason to go to midtown any more for entertainment bringing in the criminals and sleaze that the 70s an 80s were famous for. Of course the Disneyfication of the area that was to follow was even far worse than that. I was stunned that anything could be worse, but it was.

paulsp2
paulsp2 on June 18, 2021 at 9:51 am

Yes, when I was last in NYC I had to stand on the opposite corner and tried to imagine how wonderful it must have looked compared to now. The book “The best remaining seats” by Ben Hall celebrates the Roxy with good illustrations including the one with Gloria Swanson. It makes almost painful reading to think the “Cathedral of the Motion Picture” could not have been saved for future generations.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 17, 2021 at 8:28 am

The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NY has a very detailed model of the Roxy’s auditorium. It must have really been glorious.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 17, 2021 at 8:26 am

And the Roxy too. I was too young to ever go there, but I was aware of it. I remember my dad pointing out to me what corner it stood on. There’s a famous photo of Gloria Swanson standing in the ruins of the Roxy during its demolition.

paulsp2
paulsp2 on June 17, 2021 at 7:45 am

Hard to believe it’s over half a century since the Capitol was destroyed. The demise of the Paramount a few years earlier really was the beginning of the end for the Times Square district as a great centre of entertainment. When I was a kid who would have thought that in my lifetime every one of the great Movie Palaces would be destroyed.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 15, 2021 at 1:05 pm

I just added a photo of the ad from 6/15/1968.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 15, 2021 at 1:02 pm

1:30, 5 and 8:30 on weekends. They later added a midnight show every Saturday night.

vindanpar
vindanpar on June 15, 2021 at 12:49 pm

1:30? Was there a late afternoon showing? I never knew 2001 went the 3 a day roadshow route. I believe Sound of Music never did it.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 15, 2021 at 11:36 am

Today is the day I saw 2001 at the Capitol. It was the 1:30 pm show, so I know where I was 53 years ago this very minute. I’m grateful I got to see that theater and its amazing screen just that one time.

MarkDHite
MarkDHite on August 19, 2020 at 8:16 pm

Thanks, you just caught me where I live: the day-to-day minutiae of operating a great movie palace. No detail too small!

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 18, 2020 at 3:48 pm

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to MarkDHite- I thank you replying to my posts about HTWWW in an intelligent adult manner. all replies should be written in such a manner.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 18, 2020 at 3:22 pm

I concur with Mike (saps). Too bad it will never again be THAT screen. Even 90% of it.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 18, 2020 at 3:11 pm

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to Archive, thanks for the detailed info. I was lucky enough
to have seen 2001 twice during its roadshow engagement here.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 18, 2020 at 3:08 pm

I hope we will soon have the opportunity to see it again on a big screen

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 18, 2020 at 2:20 pm

I did have that issue of Life magazine. In fact, I still have it. It’s been my favorite movie since I first saw it, and the way things are now, I don’t think it will ever be replaced.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 18, 2020 at 11:05 am

Thanks, Archive. Do you have the percentage of screen fill for Planet of the Apes, the final 35mm film to play the Capitol?

For 52 years, my memory of 2001 on that screen was the most overwhelmingly huge movie experience of my life. Now I find out it was only filling 90%! 🙂

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 18, 2020 at 10:17 am

That’s great info, Archive! Mind if I ask what the source is? Just curious.