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Finding Aid for the Capitol Theatre (New York, NY) Collection of Silent Film Music ca. 1910-1930
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The collection consists of published scores, mostly for piano, of music to accompany the showing of silent films. Includes some manuscript parts of music arranged for chamber ensembles.
When the Capitol Theatre opened at Broadway and 51st Street in Manhattan, on October 24, 1919, it was touted as the "World's Largest and Most Beautiful Theatre," and with 5300 seats it maintained that claim for several years to come. Managed by Major Edward Bowes, the Capitol was one of the premier "picture palaces" of its era, and the luxurious theatre played host not just to movies, but also to elaborate stage revues and musical performances which complemented the films and ensured the Capitol's distinction among its rivals. In addition to an Estey organ constructed for the theatre, an orchestra of 71 musicians – a number that would rise over the years – was employed.
Property rights in the physical objects belong to the UCLA Performing Arts Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish if the Performing Arts Special Collectionsdoes not hold the copyright.
The collection is open for research.