In the Beginning

Conceptual architectural rendering of the proposed new theater by Henry George Greene, AIA.

The Ciné Capri story began in 1964 when the Federal District Court of New York approved Arizona Paramount Theatres’ application to construct and operate a new motion picture theater in the Barrows Plaza at 24th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix, Arizona. This step was necessary due to antitrust laws at the time.

Once court approval was granted, the Ciné Capri came to life when George M. Aurelius, vice president and general manager of Arizona Paramount Corporation and Henry George Greene, A.I.A., N.C.A.R.B., consulting architect to ABC Theatres, teamed with W.E. “Bill” Homes, Jr., president of Homes & Son Construction Company, Inc., and Ralph Haver, president of Haver, Nunn & Jensen, architects for Barrows Plaza. Rounding out the group was Spero L. Kontos, president of the Los Angeles based John Filbert Company. Their goal was to design, build and outfit a unique, state-of-the-art, motion picture facility that would complement potential neighborhood development and accommodate ever-changing film distribution and exhibition patterns.

–edited from George Aurelius’ personal notes, July, 1998

Groundbreaking for the new Cine Capri theater. Photo courtesy of the George Aurelius collection.
W.E. “Bill” Homes, Jr., (left) CEO of Homes & Son Construction Company, Inc., with George Aurelius, vice president and general manager of Arizona Paramount Corporation. Photo courtesy of the George Aurelius collection