Capitol Theatre

20 North Street,
Auburn, NY 13021

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Architects: Leon H. Lempert, Sr.

Previous Names: Burtis Opera House, Burtis Grand Theatre

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The Burtis Opera House was built in 1889 on the site of the Academy of Music.

Later known as the Burtis Grand Theatre. It had been closed by 1930, when it was reopened as the Capitol Theatre. The Capitol Theatre remained until at least 1950.

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spectrum on October 17, 2009 at 7:24 pm

From the google photos this looks to be demolished. Just a parking lot now.

auburnbeer on January 14, 2013 at 4:47 am

When did the name change to the Burtis Auditorium?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 29, 2013 at 3:03 pm

auburnbeer: This house was never called Burtis Auditorium. The Auditorium was located at 80 Water Street, and was built in 1904. It later became the Strand Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 30, 2013 at 10:54 pm

A partial list of buildings designed by Leon H.Lempert & Son (PDF file) attributes the design of the Burtis Opera House to Leon H.Lempert, Sr.

aubcinjim51 on January 30, 2013 at 11:41 pm

The actual “Grand Theater” or what they called the Opera House Block was auctioned off on September 25, 1918 including other properties owned including the Cornell Motion Picture Theater on Green Street and the Burtis Estate home on West Genesee Street. The Capital Theater was the only ‘non-Schine’ theater during its heyday after 1938. They (Schine) owned the Jefferson on State St, the Palace on Genesee St and the Auburn on South St at the time in Auburn. The Capital exhibited ‘lesser-fare’ content mostly because the Schine Company wouldn’t allow Mr. Wallace who owned the Capital anything else.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 16, 2022 at 4:24 pm

Leon H. Lempert, Sr. was the architect of the Burtis Opera House.

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