Capitol Theatre

101 N. 6th Street,
St. Louis, MO 63101

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Previously operated by: Skouras Theatres

Firms: Wedemeyer & Nelson

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Capitol Theater

This is another early downtown house which was built in 1916. It opened April 14, 1921 with Dorothy Phillips in “Man-Woman-Marriage”. At one time I believe was operated by St. Louis Amusement Co. It was closed on February 27, 1953 and was demolished in March 1956 ro make way for a parking lot for May’s Famour-Barr department store. One of the Stadium garages now sits in its place. It was located at the corner of N. 6th Street and Chestnut Street. At one time there was a good number of theatres in that area. All are long gone.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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JAlex on November 10, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Years of operation were 1921 to 1953. Architects the firm of Wedemeyer & Nelson. Seating capacity of 929. The first Vitaphone film, “Don Juan”, was exhibited here on first-run in 1926. Theatre was bought by Famous & Barr to expand its parking facilities. Theatre demolished in 1956.

dallasmovietheaters on January 10, 2016 at 2:15 pm

This Skouras Brothers Circuit location opened in April of 1921 with its first feature “Good Women”

MichaelKilgore on July 29, 2019 at 8:23 pm

From the Feb. 4, 1956 issue of BoxOffice:

ST. LOUIS – The demolition of the 40-year-old Capitol Theatre, closed since Feb. 27, 1953, following sale of the property to the May Department Stores Co., started Monday (30) to make way for a parking lot for May’s Famous-Barr department store.

The theatre was built in 1916 and operated for some years under a lease by Sigmund E. Freund. Warner Bros. used it for the St. Louis premiere of the revolutionary Vitaphone sound process in 1926 with “Don Juan,” starring John Barrymore.

JAlex on July 31, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Building permit for structure issued October 19, 1920. As the opening ad shows theatre opened with “Man-Woman-Marriage.”

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