Capitol Theater

2842 Watt Avenue,
Sacramento, CA 95821

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Previously operated by: ABC Theatres, Century Theatres, Cineplex Odeon, Plitt Theatres

Previous Names: ABC Capitol Theatre

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Capitol Theater

It opened on May 24, 1972, apparently as the twin-screen ABC Capitol Theatre, showing “Skyjacked” and “The Possession of Joel Delaney”. It was closed in 1997.

Contributed by James Merk

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

wulfgar64 on October 24, 2008 at 11:28 pm

Not a bad place to see a movie. Saw “Young Frankenstein” and “The Great Waldo Pepper” there. Last movie I saw there was “Gettysburg” in the early 90s. Too Bad it’s gone.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 28, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Odd it opened with a double feature,Never heard of that before.

ajtarantex on June 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm

this was an Abc theatre then Plitt took it over Plitt was sold to Cineplex, at that time it was sold to Century Theatres

Sneetch on November 12, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Remember seeing a few films there. The one’s I remember, E.T., The Last Emperor, and some other’s I can’t remember. Funny, but I remember E.T. and Poltergeist were playing in both auditoriums side by side.

tubafoole on August 18, 2012 at 9:57 am

The fondest memory about the Capitol was when my dad took the family to see ‘Blazing Saddles’.I was six years old and somewhat understood the movie.I’m now 44,I watched the movie again and again and fully understand the jokes and raunchy gags.I have the 30th anniversary edition on DVD,It’s one of my all time favorite timeless classic movies.I know the entire dialogue by heart as well.

joey1127 on December 9, 2013 at 8:45 am

I remember seeing many movies at this theater as a kid/teenager

  • The Dark Crystal
  • ET
  • Ghostbusters
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Pet Semetary
  • What About Bob
  • The People Under the Stairs
  • Adams Family
  • Adams Family Values

This was a great neighborhood theater as it was in the neighborhood, not across town in some large, massive super mall/shopping center. It was personal and very well keept. When they opened the super mega monster city wide super sonic mega plex theaters at the major malls in the mid 90’s…this place got even better as it was never crowded!

I miss the Capital a lot. It wasn’t a classic theater like the Crest or the Tower downtown, but it was ours.

rivest266 on May 5, 2019 at 7:59 am

May 24th, 1972 grand opening ad for the Capitol and State in the photo section.

rivest266 on January 31, 2020 at 2:52 pm

Expanded (or subdivided) to 4 screens on September 21st, 1984. No grand opening ad published.

8traxrule on April 27, 2023 at 7:37 pm

Both screens were upgraded to 70mm, but soon after the left auditorium was cut into 3. I couldn’t believe how small the screens were and the sound was mono, as soon as the movie started I walked out, got my money back and never returned.

Konami1979 on June 16, 2024 at 12:52 pm

I remember the Capitol being a decent neighborhood theater. My parents and I went there to see The Last Emperor during New Year’s Eve 1988.

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