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The Capitol Theatre was an entertainment venue located at the intersection of Monroe Street and Central Avenue in Passaic, New Jersey. Built in 1926 as a vaudeville house, the Capitol later served as a movie theater (in its later years a XXX movie theatre) and (after John Scher bought the property) a venue for rock concerts.

Capitol Theatre (Passaic, New Jersey) Capitol Theater in Passaic NJ 1963 Before the Concerts Vintage

Throughout the 1970s and into the mid-1980s, the 3,200-seat theatre was a popular stop on nearly every major rock artist's tour. The venue was known for its in-house video system which resulted in a number of good quality, black and white video bootlegs. After it closed, the building fell into disrepair and it was demolished in April 1991. A shopping center known as Capitol Plaza occupies the site now.

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The Marshall Tucker Band concert from February 18, 1977, which was recorded at the Capitol Theatre was released on December 4, 2007 as a 2 CD/DVD package, called Carolina Dreams Tour '77 marking the 30th anniversary of the concert, on Shout! Factory/Ramblin' Records distributed by Sony BMG. This is the only known footage of a complete concert by the original members.

Capitol Theatre (Passaic, New Jersey) Capitol Theatre 320 Monroe St Passaic NJ City Boy Mick Flickr

The video for the #1 hit by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, and Sting called " All For Love" was filmed at the Capitol Theatre.

Capitol Theatre (Passaic, New Jersey) Capitol Theatre from the roof of The Central Theatre Pass Flickr

Notable appearances


  • The Four Seasons - 1972
  • The Byrds - 1973 (Last concert before break-up)
  • Mountain - 1973
  • Stray Cats (Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble were added to the bill a half-hour before showtime)
  • Gregg Allman - 1974, Several recordings appear on The Gregg Allman Tour
  • Queen - February 21, 1975 (Sheer Heart Attack Tour)
  • Linda Ronstadt - December 6, 1975
  • Peter Frampton - February 14, 1976 (second show)
  • Dan Fogelberg - March 20, 1976
  • Grateful Dead - June 18, 1976 (released as Grateful Dead Download Series Volume 4); April 25, 1977 (released as Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, 4/25/77, and as part of 30 Trips Around the Sun)
  • Billy Joel - October 2, 1976
  • Rush - December 10, 1976
  • Peter Gabriel - March 5, 1977 (his first concert as a solo artist)
  • Kiss - 1977
  • Rick Danko - December 17, 1977
  • Journey - June 10, 1978 (first tour with Steve Perry)
  • Elvis Costello and the Attractions - May 5, 1978
  • The Rolling Stones - June 14, 1978
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - September 19–21, 1978 (The Sept. 19 show was broadcast throughout the tri-state area and remains a famous concert among fans for the intensity of the performance)
  • Frank Zappa - October 13, 1978 (two shows on one day)
  • The Roches - October 21, 1978
  • Parliament-Funkadelic - November 6, 1978
  • Outlaws - November 10, 1978
  • Robert Gordon and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - December 30–31, 1978
  • Willie Nelson and Leon Russell - March 1, 1979
  • Judy Collins - March 10, 1979 (Hard Times for Lovers tour)
  • The Who - September 10–11, 1979
  • Van Morrison - October 6, 1979
  • Talking Heads - November 17, 1979
  • Rainbow - December 1, 1979
  • The Clash - March 8, 1980
  • Ruben Blades - March 22, 1980
  • Cheap Trick - March 29, 1980
  • Genesis - May 28, 1980
  • Gary Numan - October 18, 1980
  • Talking Heads - November 4, 1980
  • The Police - November 29, 1980
  • The Allman Brothers Band - January 3 and 4, 1981
  • Alice Cooper - October 10, 1981
  • Ozzy Osbourne w/ Randy Rhoads on Guitar - April 24, 1981 (with Tommy Aldridge and Rudy Sarzo)
  • Prince - January 30, 1982 (with Bobby Z., Brown Mark, Dez Dickerson, Doctor Fink and Lisa Coleman)
  • Jerry Garcia - April 10, 1982
  • U2 - May 12, 1983
  • R.E.M. - 9 June, 1984
  • Lou Reed - September 25, 1984
  • Jethro Tull – 28 October, 1984
  • Dave Edmunds’ Ten Great Guitars with Link Wray, Dickey Betts, Johnny Winter, Brian Setzer, Steve Cropper, David Gilmour, Neal Schon, Lita Ford and Tony Iommi - November 3, 1984
  • Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes with guest appearance by Little Steven - September 20, 1985
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - September 21, 1985
  • Beastie Boys - April 1, 1987 (Murphy's Law and Public Enemy open. The first show in which Flavor Flav wears his signature clock necklace on stage.)

  • Capitol Theatre (Passaic, New Jersey) Capitol Theatre Security RemembersDo You YouTube
    Capitol Theatre (Passaic, New Jersey) Capitol Theatre in Passaic NJ Cinema Treasures

    References

    Capitol Theatre (Passaic, New Jersey) Wikipedia


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