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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.
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.
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 of The Marshall Tucker Band.
- Glen Miller and his orchestra September 27, 1940 last performance prior to Millers enrty into the Army.
- The Byrds (Last concert before break-up)
- The Four Seasons (Promoter James B. Sansone 1972)
- Stray Cats (1/2 hour before showtime... Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble were added to the bill.)
- The Grateful Dead - June 18, 1976 (recorded and released, as Download Series Volume 4)
- Peter Gabriel - March 5, 1977 (his very first concert as a solo artist)
- The Rolling Stones - June 14, 1978
- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - September 19-21, 1978 (The Sept. 19th show was broadcast throughout the tri-state area and remains a famous concert, among fans, for the intensity of the performance.)
- The Who - September 10-11, 1979
- Van Morrison - October 6, 1979
- Talking Heads - November 17, 1979 (songs from a recording of this concert appear on their 1982 live album The Name of This Band is Talking Heads.
- The Clash - March 8, 1980
- Genesis - May 28, 1980
- The Allman Brothers Band - July 14, 1972 and December 16, 1981
- Dave Edmonds' Ten Great Guitars, with Link Wray, Dickey Betts, Johnny Winter, Brian Setzer, Steve Cropper, David Gilmour, Neal Schon, Lita Ford and Tony Iommi (On November 3, 1984)
- Ozzy Osbourne w/ Randy Rhoads on Guitar - April 24th, 1981 Tommy Aldridge on Drums, Rudy Sarzo on Bass, and Lyndsey Bridgewater on Keyboards.
- The Capitol Theatre Passaic Website
- Extensive collection of photos and programs from the music era of the Capitol
Coordinates: 40°51′51″N 74°07′42″W / 40.86418°N 74.12820°W / 40.86418; -74.12820