Capitol Theatre

4700 Bergenline Avenue,
Union City, NJ 07047

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Previously operated by: Liggett-Florin Booking Service, RKO

Functions: Drugstore

Previous Names: RKO Capitol Theatre

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Capitol Theater

Single screen theatre with a balcony, which shared the same building as the RKO State Theatre, both built in 1922. By 1957 the Capitol Theatre was operated by Liggett-Florin Booking Service. The theatre was closed in the early-1960’s, and the front and north side were demolished in 1967-68, and turned into a supermarket. It is currently a Rite Aid store.

Contributed by Lou Lavin

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William on December 9, 2003 at 11:48 am

The RKO Capitol Theatre was located at 4700 Bergenline Ave. and it seated 2129 people.

teecee on July 6, 2005 at 3:44 am

My research shows that a Moller organ (opus 3472) was installed in this theater in 1922 and then another Moller (opus 4305) was installed in 1925.
This theater is listed as the RKO Capital in the 1951 FDY.

teecee on August 12, 2005 at 7:05 pm

Here is an old postcard:
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teecee on November 4, 2005 at 7:28 am

Old photo from the 1930s/1940s:
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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 14, 2006 at 10:10 am

In the new book “Theatres” by Craig Morrison, there is a drawing on page 132 of B.F. Keith’s Capitol Theatre, 4700 Bergenline Ave, Union City NJ. 2,129 seats. The drawing was made in 1924 by Anthony Dumas of New York City. The Capitol was on the right side of a long structure. On the left side was another theatre, B.F. Keith’s State Theatre, which had 1,794 seats. On the roof in the center of the building is a small sign “Twin Theater”. What is unique is that these two theatres, under the same management, shared one entrance. You went inside and turned left for the State and right for the Capitol. If there was only one ticket office inside, then this would be an early example of a Twin Cinema. There does not seem to be a Page here in Cinema Treasures for the State Theatre in Union City, only the Capitol Theatre.

teecee on March 3, 2006 at 6:37 pm

In Time Life’s book “This Fabulous Century 1920-1930”, there is a picture on page 244 of “Shipwreck” Kelly sitting on top of a flagpole on top of BF Keith’s theatre in Union City. Must have been quite a fad back then…

teecee on March 10, 2006 at 7:50 pm

1959 ad (center, bottom ad & top times) courtesy of Bill Huelbig:
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Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on September 1, 2008 at 8:47 am

Does anyone know what happened to the Tony Theatre on Bergenline? Is it still open? I was trying to find it on CT, but couldn’t find it under Union City, NJ.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 29, 2015 at 10:11 pm

A brief article about theater promoter Frank G. Hall in the April 22, 1922, issue of The Moving Picture World (scan at says that construction had begun on the State-Capitol twin theater project in Union City, New Jersey. Hall’s earlier project, the State Theatre at Jersey City, was then nearing completion.

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