Capitol Theatre

W. Peter Street and Pittsburgh Road,
Uniontown, PA 15401

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Previous Names: Dixie Theatre, Capitol Theatre

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The building began life in 1907 as the Lyceum Skating Rink. It soon became the Dixie Theatre, run by F. L. "Dad" Hall. Pennstate Amusement Company acquired the facility in 1925 and it was gutted by fire in July 1929. It was leased to Jake Spanko in 1931 and he renovated the theatre and it reopened on April 22, 1932 as a movie theatre. Ken Woodward and Carl Jakobi took over the lease and renamed the theatre the Capitol Theatre, which operated until around 1943.

The building subsequently became an American Legion Hall, and was a furniture showroom at the time it was destroyed by fire in late-1972.

Contributed by Jan Camden

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rivest266 on October 5, 2014 at 7:38 pm

April 22nd, 1932 grand opening ad in photo section

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 7, 2014 at 2:14 am

The July 19, 1929, issue of The Film Daily reported that the Dixie Theatre at Uniontown, Pennsylvania, had been gutted by a fire causing an estimated $30,000 of damage.

JRHagan on December 2, 2018 at 3:57 am

2005 photo in photo section.

SethG on January 9, 2020 at 6:09 pm

The 2005 photo is not of the original building, which was a large square brick building of 1-2 stories with a peaked roof. It occupied the NE corner of W Peter St and Pittsburgh Rd. The entrance was off Peter, so presumably the address was not on Pittsburgh. As can be seen in the rather blurry main picture, there was a balcony which ran on three walls, right up to the stage.

If the 2005 picture was taken in Uniontown, then the original theater must have been destroyed in the fire, and smaller buildings constructed on the lot. Since that entire corner is now a parking lot, it’s hard to tell whether the ‘new’ Dixie faced Peter or Pittsburgh.

By the way, there is no Pittsburgh STREET, which is why the map is screwed up.

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