2525 W. Broad Street,
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Previously operated by: Neighborhood Theatres
Firms: Carneal & Johnston
The Capitol Theatre was opened with Norma Shearer in “The Waning Sex” on 8th November 1926, in a district 1 mile away from the downtown centre. The architects of this Spanish Atmospheric style theatre were Carneal & Johnston, with decorations by sculptor Ferruccio Legnaioli. It was equipped with a Robert Morton 2 manual organ which was opened by organist John Bower.
It was the first theatre in Virginia to show ‘talkies’ in September 1927. It was re-decorated in 1936 into a streamlined Art Deco styling which lost most of the original Atmospheric style of Legnaioli’s urns, foliage and garden murals. The Robert Morton organ was retained, but was no longer played.
The Capitol Theatre closed in 1984 and was demolished to build a McDonald’s Restaurant, which never happened.
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