Capitol Theatre Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17


Inventory created by Archives Staff 05/98.  Last revised 03/18.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.

USE RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply concerning the use, photoduplication, or publication of items in this collection. Consult a member of the archives staff for information concerning these restrictions. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright.

EXTENT: 0.25 linear feet

CREATOR: Capitol Theatre

DATE: 1927 -1964

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains memorabilia, reminiscences, photographs, a movie poster, and a lobby sign that belonging to the Capitol Theatre of Winchester, VA.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Capitol Theatre started as the Empire Theater on North Cameron Street, Winchester, VA. That theater was sold to Warner Brothers and renamed the Capitol in 1927. The entrance was moved to Rouse Avenue at that time. The Farmers & Merchants Bank of Winchester purchased the building in November 1964. The Bank subsequently closed the movie theatre and used the building and property to expand bank premises.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Michael Foreman, Images of the Past (Winchester, VA: Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, 1980).

CITE AS: Capitol Theatre Collection, 1584 WFCHS/THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.



Courtesy Pass, 1964, 1 leaf, printed

List of employees, 1960s, 2 leaves, typescript

News articles, 1986-1996, 26 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Opening Program—Dec. 6, 1928, 1 item printed

Popcorn storage bag

Program, Ads, etc., 3 items, printed

Reminiscences by Clarence Johnson, Jr. 1999, 6 leaves, typescript

Salary Receipt—Feb. 20, 1964, 1 leaf, printed

Ticket—Capitol Theatre Presents “To Be or Not To Be” (June 1-3, 1942) no. 321; 1 ticket, printed

Film Canister, used by Capitol Theatre, empty

Weekly Time Registers/Ledgers—[March 3, 1962-Dec. 27, 1962], [Jan. 3, 1963- Jan. 9, 1964], 2 items, printed booklets with handwritten text 

Projection Rods—arc carbon
negative and positive

Button off of coat from the Capitol Theatre uniform

Pin worn on the Lapel of the Capitol Theatre uniform



Movie Topics—Nov. 19, 1937, 2 pages, printed, 1 item, poster of the Helen Morgan Story

Sign—“Continuous Shows To Day Matinee, Evening, Adults and Children, Colored Balcony”

Window Card/Poster – “Forever, Darling” starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, and James Mason,  22 x 14, color 1956.