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'The Ten  Commandments' was expected  to  run at the   Sound  was  installed  during  1929  in  line  with  other city
             Capitol until the end of January 1925 but ran for a record   cinemas at the time.  The first ' talkie' screened was  'In
             total of 19 weeks after which Paramount changed to weekly   Old Arizona'
             changes at the Capitol, mostly double features for the next
             41  weeks  then  to  extended  season  runs  beginning with   The theatre screened a variety of product including MGM
             'Scaramouche' (11  weeks), 'The Wanderer' (6 weeks), the   films  until  1930, when  it was leased by Paramount Pic-
             United Artists,  Charlie  Chaplin's  'The Gold  Rush' (10   tures  for ten  years.  Paramount was  looking  for  suitable
             weeks) and other successes such as 'Beau Geste' until the   theatres for it to screen its first release product.  'The Prince
             theatre was leased by Paramount for ten  years from Box-  Edward' in  Sydney was 'The Capitol's' Paramount coun-
             ing Day  1930. ( l)                               terpart in that city. It was advertised by Paramount as the
                                                               'theatre magnificent' in their press advertising. Paramount
                              Special Feature                  shared the theatre with RKO Radio, Universal and United
                                                               Artists. These companies rebelled  against  the dictatorial
                                                               exhibition  policies  pressed by the  temporary  alliance of
                                                               Hoyts and  Greater Union  theatres (during the Great De-
             of rich splendor, amid the grandeur of old Egyptian sellings, depicting in
             pathos and deep solemnity the death of Pharaoh's young and old son. This   pression).  (1)
             precludes the stirring action leading to the inspiration of the Ten Command-
             ments to Moses on Mount Sinai. Produced by Jas. L. Thomley.   The theatre was approved for stage presentations and these
                                                               formed part of the program, although it would appear that
                            Special  Musical Score of
                            HUGO RIESENFELD'S                  it was in decline by the mid 1930's  It was revived in  1938
                                   By                          when  Paramount brought out American,  Jack  Lester, to
                        CAPITOL OPERATIC ORCHESTRA             produce  'quick  fire'  stage shows of 45  minute duration
                                                               and featured a number of acts, each of about four minutes
                             S. R. White, Conductor
                                                               duration.  They were to consist solely of Australian enter-
                                  and  the                     tainers  and  commenced on October 24th,  1938.  It was
                        WURLITZER GRAND PIPE ORGAN             quickly followed by the announcement that from  Novem-
                         Horace G.  Weber,  Master  Organist
                                                               ber 2nd of that year,  that  'The Capital'  was  going 50%
                                                               stage and 50% film  entertainment.
                                BOX PLANS
                                BOX PLANS                      Paramount's  lease of the theatre expired and was not re-
                                BOX PLANS
                                                               newed  when  a  higher rent  was  sought.  On  Boxing  Day
             Are now open in the Main Entrance Lobby of the Capitol Theatre for the   1940 Hoyts, under the name Commercial Enterprises, took
             first seven days oflhe extended season engagement of "THE TEN COM-  over the lease of the of the Capitol theatre and continued
                                                               the  original  extended  release  policy over the  War  years
                                                               opening with  RKO  Radio ' Irene'  (11  weeks),  then  UA
                                  PRICES                       Chaplin's 'The Great Dictator' (8  weeks).
             MATINEES (Except Saturdays),  II- and 21-. Reserved 2/6. Plus Tax.   The war years saw  large  attendances  and  the cabaret in
                                                               the  basement also entered  troops.  It was  referred  to  as
             NIGHTS and Saturday Matinees- Stalls, 1/6 and 2/6; Dress Circle, 3/-;
             Loges 4/-, Plus Tax.                              'the dugout', the  interior having seen  better days.  Both
                                                               the theatre and its cabaret helped maintain morale for the
             SATURDAY NIGHTS- Stalls, 1/6 to 3/-; Dress Circle. 4/- Plus Tax   local  population  and  the many  visiting  servicemen,  par-
                                                               ticularly the Americans, during periods of leave.
                  Grand Opening program for The Capitol Theatre
                      (Advertlsment from The Argus Nov.  1924)   One of the major problems that 'The Capitol'  had was its
                                                               lack of sufficient stalls lobby space to cater for large crowds,
                                                               unlike its contemporaries.  This was attributed to the trend
             An advertisement from 'The Herald' on  the 31st of July   in  the USA at the  time.  This in  tum caused problems in
             1925  promoted the Live entertainment accompanying the   busy  Swanston Street when  crowds  overflowed into  the
             films  as follows  'featuring Capitol Operatic Orchestra of  street, disrupting pedestrian  traffic.
             21  picked musicians ... overture 'Dance of the Hours'  ...
             Horace Weber at the WurliTzer.                    The greatest period that 'The Capitol'  experienced under
                                                               Hoyts management was after the disastrous fire on the 29th
             Another contemporary account made during winter stated   of Aprill945 which virtua!Lly destroyed 'The Regent' and
             that "'The Capitol' is the cosiest theatre in Melbourne these   waterlogged  'The Plaza'.  This  meant that Hoyts'  major
             cold frosty nights.  The most modern heating apparatus of  attractions had to  be allocated to  their other city theatres,
             any theatre in Australia is in full working order and makes   which meant that 'The capitol'  screened more prestigious
             'The Capitol'  a real haven of comfort.  The heated air is   product.
             pumped into  the auditorium after being thoroughly puri-
             fied and dried.  There is no suggestion of steam heat with   Situated adjacent to  the  Melbourne Town  Hall,  it  later
             its attendant danger of chills and colds.         witnessed scenes of jubilation as peace was declared.

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