Karl R. Josker
The Theaters Of Buffalo
Karl R. Josker
1770 South Park Ave. Buffalo
Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel
1/250s f/10.0 at 28.0mm iso100
© 2007 by Karl R. Josker
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In the 1940's war years, "the Greeks" soda fountain was next door to the theater and the teenagers congregated there to enjoy Zombie sundaes for 40 cents each. The "Zombie" was the biggest and most extravagant creation of the venerable white-haired owners. Every Saturday, we kids paid only a dime for a double feature at the Capitol. The owner of the Capitol was "Bob" and my first job was at the Capitol as an usher.
SPHS, Class of 1952
Capitol Theater was our play ground in the early fifties, I lived just a few doors down and was at the show all the time. My father had a hot dog stand just four doors down from the Capitol and people would come and have something to eat before or after the show. The candy kitchen next to the show was also a great spot for a soda or shake before the show. The days when you would see people holding hands and walking to the neighborhood theater and you could play and feel safe where coming to a end fast! We moved from the South Park Ave area in 1957 the same year the Capitol closed as a theater. I am so glad the building is still there and in use! The Capitol Theater was unique as it was built on a pie shaped wedge between South Park Ave. and South Side, the lobby was pie shaped and sloped up, the tile floor was very nice, but slippery.