Capitol Theater

1266 Commonwealth Avenue,
Boston, MA 02134

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Architects: William Luther Mowll, Roger Glade Rand

Firms: Mowll & Rand

Previous Names: Gordon's Capitol Theater

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Capitol Theater

Opened in December 1922 as Gordon’s Capitol Theater, in the Allston neighborhood of Boston. It was designed by architects Mowll and Rand for the Gordon chain of cinemas.

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billiec on January 17, 2005 at 1:44 pm

Located on Commonwealth Ave near Harvard Ave in Allston, MA. Demolished sometime after 1975.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 17, 2005 at 2:42 pm

What is now at this location?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 13, 2006 at 10:34 am

The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Capitol gives its address as 1266 Commonwealth Avenue. There is a facade photo taken in May 1941. There was a rectangular dark marquee with 3 rows of white letters on a black background. Movies playing are “Virginia” and “You’re the One”. The Report states that the theatre has been showing MGM product for over 10 years, that it is over 15 years old; that it’s in Good condition, and that it has 1423 seats on the main floor and 320 seats in the balcony, total: 1743. The building housing the entrance is just one story high, so the auditorium with balcony must have been in back.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 28, 2006 at 5:11 am

Allston is not a “western suburb of Boston”. It is a very urban neighborhood that is part of the city of Boston. 1266 Commonwealth Ave. is now the address of a CVS drug store.

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