That's right,  the old Plaza Theater was turned into the Capitol Theater in 1921.  The Plaza finally went out of business in 1919.  It was purchased by a couple of businessmen and completely remodeled to the point that the interior didn't look a thing like it had before. By now the movies were all the rage, and the Capitol was born.  They tried some more live stage shows for awhile, but couldn't compete with the very opulent Kearse Theater just down the block.  So from then on, it was mostly movies with occasional stage shows.  In 1923, the Capitol was gutted by fire. It was rebuilt once again as you see it today.  Notice that the outside of the building has remained the same as the Plaza, except for the windows and doorway.

Ad from 1923, same year as the big fire.



I normally don't post photos this bad, but there's so much history going on in this one that I just had to... because you're looking at the foundation being laid for the old Plaza Theater on Summers Street!  As the Plaza Theater opened in 1912,  we must assume that this photo was taken around 1910 or so.  Looking towards the background, you can see the steeple of the old Charleston City Hall.  To the right on the wall, you can see a sign.  That sign says that the new Plaza Theater will be built on this spot.  Let's take a closer look at the other signs:



It's always been typical to rent out space for signs and billboards on construction property.  Here we have a Potterfields sign "The Rexall Store" selling "Fenway Candies" at the corner of Capitol & Virginia Streets.  Below are posters and Bills publicizing an aviation meet!  Imagine that!  Air shows in 1910 here in the area!  Only 25 cents got you in to see something that you probably had never seen before in your life!  It had to be absolutely astounding to watch back then.


Also in the photo is this shack promoting Buffalo Bills Wild West Show.  The old Wild West meets new technology head to head.  What a time to have lived in!  People were still using mostly horses, while airplanes flew above!


This last area was impossible for me to work on simply because there was nothing there to work with.  (see photo below)  Nonetheless you see the big excavation and how deep it is.  Those horses appear to be on the move, and one guy is sitting there watching the photographer.


This is how the washed-out photo looked when I started.   Due to damage, almost hopeless to repair.


See the Capitol Projectors HERE


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