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Street Scene: Capitol Theatre Salt Lake City Utah

Today’s featured image is a view of parked cars near the Capitol Theatre located in Salt Lake City, Utah at 50 W 200 S. The Theatre opened in 1913 and by the time this photo was taken a marque and impressive neon-lit signage including an arch over the street had been added. The picture was taken when “I met him in Paris” starring Claudette Colbert was playing, it is a comedy by Paramount Pictures that was released on June 2, 1937. Take a video tour of the recently renovated Capitol Theatre here.

Share with us what you find of interest in the photograph via contributor Benjamin Ames.





18 responses to “Street Scene: Capitol Theatre Salt Lake City Utah

  1. In the lead picture, 5th car parked from the left [in front of the Physicians Supply Store], looks like a 1932 PACKARD Twin Six Model 905 Club Sedan.

  2. What’s that impressive dark sedan to the left of the marquee?
    Body looks like something you’d see on Duesenbergs (not that it is one!) or Auburn.
    It’s slightly older than the other (late 30s) cars.

    • Doubt if there were many gangsters in SLC.
      If there were, they would be discussing a hit, more likely a stern talking to. 🙂

  3. The two spiffy gentlemen on the lower left are standing next too a 1935 Ford which is parked just in front of a 1936 Pontiac. Today ’35 Fords are plentiful but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a ’36 Pontiac at a car show.

  4. Interesting the marquee says the movie is “I met you in Paris” and it was “Photographed in Sun Valley, Idaho”.

  5. David,

    The vertical CAPITOL sign appears to have individual light bulbs, not neon lights.

    There may be a neon light fixture at the apex of the CAPITOL arch.

    There was a large Coca-Cola sign, made of individual light bulbs, over its plant in my home-town. The background lights would flicker on & off. As a kid was always intrigued by it. It must have been expensive to maintain such a sign.


  6. Spent many Sat. morning and afternoons at the Capital when they were doing their 5c Saturdays. Cartoons – 3 Stooges – Maw and Paw – Cowboys -Cowboys – Cowboys.

  7. I expected that someone would identify the car below the “Permanent Waving” sign because it is as worthy of note as the Packard, if not more so. Isn’t it a Lincoln K, one of the most beautiful cars from the Classic era? If it’s not a 1931 201 series, a 1932 505 KA 3-window 5-passenger sedan (it looks to have 18″ not 19″ wheels) and it’s not a KB because it has a “short” (136″ not 145″ [or 150″ or 155″ on some custom bodies]) wheelbase? Whether it’s a 125-hp V-8 KA or a 150-hp V12 KB, it’s a CCCA Full Classic (TM), so it’s worth a note. I know the Old Motorists drive on to the next new/old toy — just as the Hemmings bloggers race to the next FOTD to opine — so it’s only the early comments which have any “worth” but if the “old car hands” are interested in passing on their “old car passion” to Uber/Lyft/Self-Drive-Artificial-Intelligence [?] generations of the present and future, it’s a responsibility we all should shoulder.

    It’s also worth our time to try to “teach” about more than just cars — when we note how the uprices of these luxurious Lincolns fell — from “starting at $4400” in ’30 to “as low as $2900” in ’32 to “lowest prices in Lincoln history [from $2700]” in ’33. For cars like this [5430 pounds] and cars still being bodied by Brunn, Derham, Dietrich, Judkins, Le Baron or Willoughby, it’s worth looking back to see how “it” really was.

    And one more note: even in their day, Lincolns like these were as fine as the finest Packards or Cadillacs — and they were far more more rare.
    They are far less costly today as well, so buyers beware. It’s your money, so it’s your choice in a car, but you can buy a Classic Car for the cost of a Caprice Classic or a Camaro or a Corvette. A “common” Chevy, that is, not a noteworthy car.

      • Your guess is good as mine, but its capacities were:

        Tank 28 Gallons
        Crank 10 Quarts
        Transmission 6 Pints
        Cooling System 34 Quarts
        Rear Differential 6 1/2 Pints

  8. The sign over the street was moved to the entrance to Trolley Square, a shopping center converted from the street car barns. It is on the southeast entrance. 500 South just west of 700 East. Of course it was changed to read “Trolley Square”.

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