Capitol Theater

840 Braddock Avenue,
Braddock, PA 15104

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Previously operated by: Rowland and Clark Theaters

Architects: Victor A. Rigaumont

Functions: Workshop

Styles: Greek Revival

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The Capitol Theater was opened on June 18, 1923 with Marguerite De La Motte in “Wandering Daughters”. It was built for the Rowland and Clark Theaters chain. It was equipped with a Peloubet Reed pipe organ. It was closed on April 28, 1956, and became a grocery warehouse. The Times Theatre across the street then took the Capitol name (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures and has since been demolished).

By 2021 the former first Capitol Theater was in use as a workshop by clothing manufacturers Trau & Loevner Impint Apparel.

Contributed by Rick Aubrey

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

edblank on June 3, 2008 at 11:41 pm

One source listed the capacity at 1,571. No other details except that 838 Braddock Avenue, the nearest address listed on the county real estate web site, is owned by the Braddock Commons Corp.

kencmcintyre on January 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm

If you look at the building at 845, and then pan across the street, that would be 840. Doesn’t look like the 1982 building at all.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Ken, the 1982 photo depicts the second Capitol Theatre, aka Times Theatre, which has been demolished. I linked to a photo of it in Boxoffice on the second Capitol page, and it’s the same building in the 1982 photo. Nobody has found a picture of the first Capitol yet.

dallasmovietheaters on July 15, 2022 at 10:06 am

Victor Rigaumont designed the Grecian style Capitol Theatre for Rowland & Clark Theatres in 1922. It launched June 18, 1923 with a Peloubet Reed pipe organ and the film, “Wandering Daughters.”

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