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Capitol Cinema, Aukland (Official)
Functions: Movies (East Indian)
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Charley Grays Cinema
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The Capitol Cinema opened in 1922, and at that time was the most luxurious cinema in the suburbs of Aukland -in this case here at Balmoral.
The Capitol was my local cinema as a kid - it has a large floating screen installed following a fire which claimed the original proscenium. The Capitol was converted to a circle only operation in 1987, by local businessman Charley Gray (who promptly named the cinema after himself!). The seating capacity was now provided for 216 patrons. The projection room was moved upstairs and a large screen installed at the front of the circle, leaving the stalls area for use as a climbing and activity centre.
I believe that another art house operator took over after Charley’s demise, followed by a Bollywood operator.
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