Capitol Theatre - Glendale

139 S. Brand Blvd.    | map

Glendale, CA   90023

Opened: 1931 as Young's Capitol.

Later operated by Fox West Coast and United Artists. It's still just listed as the Capitol in the 1958 city directory. Later under the UA management it was known as the UA Capitol.

Architect:   Unknown

Seating: 808

Status: Demolished. It was damaged in the Northridge earthquake.The theatre was last operated as part of the United Artists Theatre Circuit in the late 80s.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Capitol for what little has been recorded about this building.

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    American Classic Images

This 1983 view of the Capitol is in the
American Classic Images collection.
 full size view

Also in the collection:
 | 1982 view  |

    Glendale Public Library

Book Talk blog

A wonderful c.1936 view looking north on Brand
Blvd. from the Library's collection. 
full size view

The image is featured on the Library's Book Talk blog
in a 2008 post "Glendale History: Before Americana."

A view looking north on Brand in 1939. It's from the
 Library's Special Collections division and featured in the
 Special Collections album on Flickr. 

On the full size view you can see the Capitol Theatre
marquee on the left (and "Capitol" on the side of the
building) and the Glendale across the street.

The Capitol is playing "Gunga Din" and "Woman Doctor"
while the Glendale is running "Suez" with Loretta Young.

The photo also appears
on Photos of Los Angeles.

A view of the Capitol facade after
closure by United Artists.

photo: Gary Graver - undated

[ click on the image to enlarge ]

Gary Graver (1938-2006) was a noted filmmaker and cinematographer.
 Over several decades he took many photos of theatres in Los Angeles and
Portland, OR.  More can be seen on You Tube: "Second Run - part 1" and
"Second Run - part 2." Thanks to Sean Graver for use of the photo.

    California State Library    

An exterior view by Mott Studios. It's one of 12 images
 from the Mott-Merge collection at the California State
Library. The Library dates these as from 1931. On the
marquee is "Beau Ideal," a 1931 release. 
full size view

A view of the boxoffice area.
 full size view

A Mott Studios look at the Capitol Theatre lobby. 
full size view

The rear of the auditorium. 
full size view

A look from the loge section toward the screen. 
full size view

More photos in the California State Library collection:

There are a total of 12 Mott Studio photos in their
collection. See the data page for more information
 -- they're cataloged as set # 001387271.