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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1928/12/10 Kallet-Comerford Corp Developers Kallet-Comerford buy the property at 216-224 W Dominick St in 1927 and, in February and March of 1928, the site is cleared and construction begins on the new Capitol Theatre, a 2,000-seat Art Deco style Spanish-Moroccan themed venue.
1928/12/10 MP Moller Pipe Organ Company Craftsmen Capitol Theatre opens as Rome's first sound movie theater. The program included a newsreel, two Vitaphone shorts and Lilac Time. The Moller theatre organ provided entrance and exit music, to accompany the newsreel, and to lead the audience sing-a-long.
1929/02/00 Art Kahn's Orchestra performs at the Capital.
1929/05/00 Bing Crosby Singer An all-star revue featuring the California Ramblers and Paul Whiteman's famous Rhythm Boys (Bing Crosby, Al Rinker, and Harris Barris) play the Capitol stage.
1929/05/00 Paul Whiteman Bandleader An all-star revue featuring the California Ramblers and Paul Whiteman's famous Rhythm Boys (Bing Crosby, Al Rinker, and Harris Barris) play the Capitol stage.
1939/00/00 Modernistic lighting fixtures, made by the Moe Bridges Lighting Co of Milwaukee replace the original sconces and chandeliers and the mezzanine foyer, chairs and sofas are created especially for the Capitol by famed furniture-maker Warren McArthur.
1939/00/00 Capitol receives a modernistic face-lift, interiors are painted ingeometric designs in hues of yellow, green, orange, red, gold and silver.
1940/00/00 Paul Whiteman Bandleader Paul Whiteman appears at the Capitol with his Chesterfield Orchestra.
1954/07/00 Dorsey Brothers Orchestra perform at The Capital.
1956/01/00 Bill Haley and His Comets Performers A new type of music was introduced to Rome, as Bill Haley and the Comets' Rock and Roll show has the kids literally dancing in the aisles.The first show in January is such a hit that the group will be invited back for an encore in the spring. (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock
1974/05/28 With high overhead costs cited as the culprit, the Capitol closes as a first-run movie house on 28 May 1974. The final attraction wasThe Exorcist. The Exorcist
1985/12/10 Capitol Civic Center opens as a not-for-profit corporation on the 57thanniversary of the original grand opening.Opening night features a screening of Lilac Time, accompanied by the Rick Montalbano trio.
1989/02/00 Capital Theater is leased by the Cinema National movie theater chain until February of 1989, not for exhibition, but to keep the house from providing competition with that chain's multiplex on the other end of town.

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Particulars for Capitol Theater:
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Entertainment - Recreation
Historic Use Movie Palace
Historic Use Movie Theater
Musical Instrument Organ
Area of Significance Performing Arts
Area of Significance Social History
Area of Significance Theatre




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