Capitol Theatre

111 W. High Street,
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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ChipMosley on April 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Nice to see that Arris Pizza has expanded. There used to be a couple of business storefronts between the Capitol and the pizza place (an insurance agent and a light store, if I remember correctly). I can still remember smelling the pizza while we were standing in line for tickets, even when Arris was closed!

TLSLOEWS on January 3, 2011 at 7:36 am

Now thats what I call a drive-in theatre.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm

From 2010 a photo of the Capitol Theatre Buidling in Jefferson City.

kencmcintyre on July 21, 2009 at 7:21 pm

I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. From the Jefferson City Post-Tribune, 4/3/70:

Stanley H. Durwood, president of Kansas City based American Multi-Cinema, Inc., today announced the sale of the Capitol Theatre in downtown Jefferson City to the Central Realty Company, an affiliate of Central Trust Bank. At the same time Durwood explained that AMCI will continue to operate the theatre for at least one year with options for continued operation at the end of that tune.

In announcing the finalization of sale arrangements Durwood explained that the new Ramada (4) Theatres offer a completely new concept in motion picture exhibition which has met with immediate acceptance in major markets across the country where AMCI operates. The four auditions under one roof allow for a much wider diversification of film fare for the patrons selection and this, combined with the latest innovations in theatre equipment and patron comfort to a great extent makes obsolete past methods of theatre operation.

“While the Capitol has been and always will be a theatre of which we are very proud we feel the Ramada (4) Theatres represent the future of our business and, like any successful business we are building for the future as we see it,” Durwood said. Sam Cook, President of Central Trust, said that the Central Missouri Realty presently owns property adjacent to the theater and is considering development in this area, at a future date.

kencmcintyre on February 16, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Here is part of an article from the Jefferson City News and Tribune dated 1/6/35:

Dubinsky Bros, yesterday announced the purchase of the Krafft Motor Company building, 111 West High street, and that the erection of a new theater on the site would begin February 1.

The announcement was made by Ed Dubinsky, head of the firm, who arrived yesterday. He said the deal was closed Thursday. The building was owned by the Farm and Home Building and Loan Association of Nevada and for the past several years had been occupied by both E. W. Decker and the Krafft Motor Company.

The new theater will have a seating capacity of 1270 persons. The floor will seat 900 and the balcony 370. The distance between the last seat and the stage will be approximately 118 feet. Mr. Dubinsky was accompanied by Robert Boller of Kansas City, theater architect, who has built modern theatres in St. Joseph, Kansas City and cities in California, Kansas and Missouri.

The Miller Theater will be closed as soon as the new theater is completed and will remain closed for the duration of the Dubinsky lease, which expires February 1, 1936.

misskitty76 on March 3, 2006 at 5:54 pm

I recently went to the Capitol Theatre and took some new pictures of what the theatre looks like now. It is really neat. I would love to buy it and fix it up. Does anyone know where I can post pictures of this theatre, like possibly another website that has information on this theatre?

sdoerr on November 5, 2004 at 12:36 pm

Seth feel free to send them to

Seth on October 31, 2004 at 8:06 pm

I’ve got a picture. I’d use the add photo feature if it worked.

sdoerr on October 31, 2004 at 6:15 pm

anyone have any pictures whether vintage or recent?

Seth on October 13, 2004 at 7:58 pm

Noticed that the function is incorrectly listed as movies. It appears that the building is still a parking garage, there is a garage style door instead of a lobby. There are also a barber shop and a university office on either side of the door.

Seth on June 30, 2004 at 4:04 pm

I assume French Renaissance describes what the interior used to look like? The facade is late art deco.