Capitol Theatre

819 Atlantic Avenue,
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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Capitol Theatre

The 1,200-seat Capitol Theatre was opened in 1919, and in 1921 a 3 manual Robert-Morton organ was installed. The Capitol Theatre was closed in 1978. The building was still standing in 1985, but has since been demolished.

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Mikeoaklandpark on November 28, 2005 at 7:11 am

THis theater closed in 74 when they moved burlesque to the Apollo on the boardwalk

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Crazy Bob Madara on September 7, 2006 at 2:38 pm

I worked there in thr mid-seveties for Al Baker. The manager was an AC cop, I think his name was Mike Freil. I ran a lot of 16mm XXX films there. The 35mm equipment was Super simplex projectors & very early model of the Peerless Magnarc carbon lamps. I ran a 35mm film there called “Snuff” It was shot in Mexico and suposedly showed a guy really killing people by cutting them up while they were tied dowm! It was sick! To get to the booth, I remember going out a back door at the back of the autitorium, and up some real skinny metal steps. The Center & the Astor were kind of like that too.

spectrum on September 29, 2007 at 11:21 am

According to THS’s Marquee edition of 1980, the Capitol opened in 1919.

kencmcintyre on October 4, 2008 at 6:51 am

Is this building still standing?

edblank on October 12, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Was this theater ON Maryland, rather than on Atlantic? Can you help me pinpoint which corner it was on?

Nearer the ocean or farther from the ocean? Nearer Captain Starn’s or nearer the convention center?

DavidZornig on June 27, 2021 at 5:34 pm

Based on the photo posted directly above by kencmcintyre on March 22, 2010, there was a second smaller one story Capitol Theatre at 929 Atlantic Avenue which is still standing. The two buildings to it’s right are also still standing in the October 2019 street view. However it is not the same Capitol Theatre pictured above the Overview, which is clearly a two story structure whose address we still don’t know. Though I’ve found a reference to a Capitol Theatre at 827 Atlantic Avenue, which was likely this larger one. As that address is just as close to the intersection of Maryland Avenue and Atlantic Avenue as the small Capitol Theatre in the 2010 linked photo.

rivest266 on March 8, 2023 at 3:40 am

Listings for the Capitol ended in 1978.

RickB on December 12, 2023 at 5:48 pm

The Capitol was still standing in 1985 when fire swept through the three-story building next door. The address for the burned building (on the corner of Atlantic and Maryland) is given in the Press story as 821 Atlantic, which would make 819 or 817 a likely address for the theater. The theater in the picture accompanying the fire story is the small one seen in the photo linked in 2010. All of the buildings in that picture are gone except for the one signed as Lou’s Bar, which is a restaurant numbered 805.

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