Capitol Theatre

93 State Street,
Montpelier, VT 05602

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Playhouse Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 802.229.0343

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Capitol Theatre, Montpelior VT - taken in June 2009

The Playhouse Theatre was originally a single screen theatre in the center of Montpelier which was opened prior to 1926 when it had 600 seats. By 1936 it had been enlarged to seat 1,033.

Around 1940 it was renamed Capitol Theatre and was operated by Paramount Pictures through their subsidiary John Ford. It has been expanded to five screens.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Gravity on July 1, 2004 at 8:09 am

It does have five screens, but it is still known as only the Capitol Theatre. There are three large screens and two small. Website for the theatre is, but it just lists show times, cost and movies for this and the Paramount in Barre. I’ll take a photo for when the ‘Add a Photo’ is back up.

xltel on September 22, 2004 at 9:40 am

Try this link The comma on the end of the above link broke it.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 15, 2005 at 12:50 pm

I saw a 1938 photo of a Playhouse Theatre in Montpelier. Was that used for films at all?

dmblakeman1 on April 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I do seem to recall the fifth theater was around that time frame of 1995, but the conversion to a multiplex was much earlier. I belive I was in late elementary school (early 80’s) when it became two screens, and the next two came along before I was in high school (before 1985). Then the fifth screen a few years later. I’d love to see pictures of the old theater before it was converted at all.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 26, 2015 at 4:59 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre report for the Capitol; it’s Card # 583. Address is State St. There is an exterior photo taken May 1941. Condition is Excellent. The report says it was built in 1940 and it shows MGM films. 988 seats. The 1940 population of Montpelier was 8,000.

pnelson on May 26, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Too bad when classic old theatres are multi-plexed. Much better to save the original auditorium and just build 4 more new ones. Of course that breaks the budget.

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