Capitol Theater

2510 S. Robinson Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73109

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc., Paramount-Publix

Architects: W.J. Laws

Styles: Streamline Moderne, Tudor Revival

Previous Names: Circle Theater, Capri Adult Theater

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CIRCLE (CENTER) Theatre; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The Circle Theatre opened December 18, 1928 with Bebe Daniels in “"Hot News” & Billy Dooley in “Water Bugs”. It was operated by Paramount-Publix. On December 25, 1941 it was renamed Capitol Theatre and was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Joe Cooper & Warner Bros.

By April 1967 it was operating as the Capri Adult Theatre. It was closed in February 1968.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

ButchHart on December 3, 2006 at 8:34 am

On the web site Okie mentioned above I found a movie ad listing for May 04, 1967 for the Capri Adult Theatre. The ad headline read “TORRID, SENSATIONAL ADULT ENTERTAINMENT” two double features “HOT NIGHT on CAMPUS” and “REPULSION”.
So the Capri was open at least up to that date.

jchapman1 on April 23, 2007 at 12:02 pm

To see a c1929 Paramount publicity shot of their new Circle Theatre go to below page, then type in word “theatre”. Once Circle Theatre image pops up click on it again for a large view -
View link

missmelbatoast on July 16, 2007 at 2:02 pm

Curious, the auditorium archive photo posted on the OHS site must have been a pre opening shot. I’ve seen 1930s images of this same auditorium, and the sidewalls were painted with the “razzled-Dazzle” designs as described by OM. Backlighted grills on support columns do not show up in this image, but they were there.

seymourcox on July 18, 2007 at 11:30 am

My guess would be that it was the other way around, this photo was probably taken during the 1940s after the frantic jazz-age decor had been painted over, toned down, and “streamlined”. The isle carpet has a ‘40s pattern weave, and the auditorium does not look new.

kencmcintyre on May 23, 2009 at 12:50 am

It was the Capitol in the 1961 city directory:

DougLoudenback on May 27, 2009 at 10:21 am

In doing Capitol Hill research, I found a quite a number of Oklahoman ads for the Capri at 2510 S. Robinson, the earliest of which ads (the 1st was 4/4/1967) identify it as the former Capitol Theater. All ads were adult fare. The last mention of the Capri (or, for that matter, the same address on Robinson) was a 2/17/1968 Oklahoman article which said that the owner had been charged with exhibiting obscene movies for presenting the movie, “Whip’s Women” – a fellow named Whip was apparently the movie’s central character. I was unable to locate an article on the disposition of the charge.

seymourcox on July 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm

This fine web page illustrates what a charming structure the old Circle Theatre (AKA-Capitol, Capri X) was. A member of the powerful Paramount Publix Circuit.

rivest266 on April 3, 2014 at 4:33 pm

December 18th, 1928 grand opening ad in photo section.

rivest266 on August 21, 2018 at 4:20 pm

This reopened as the Capitol on December 25th, 1941. Small ad in the photo section.

skyvue on October 4, 2021 at 5:34 pm

I uploaded to the Photos section a July 1950 newspaper ad from the Daily Oklahoman, touting a Marx Brothers double bill.

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