Imperial Oil Centre for the Performing Arts

168 North Christina Street,
Sarnia, ON N7T 7H8

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Imperial Theatre in Sarnia, ON, Canada

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The former Capitol Theatre opened in 1936 as a local movie house which sat over 600 patrons. In 1988, after a long, successful run, the theater closed.

Scheduled to be demolished, the theater was saved by the Steering Committee of the Sarnia Little Theatre and its Art Deco opulence was restored.

Today, the Capitol is known as the Imperial Oil Centre for the Performing Arts, after the corporate benefactor who helped to restore it.

Contributed by Gary Flinn

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gflinn
gflinn on January 21, 2002 at 10:33 pm

When it was the Capitol Theatre, it was owned and operated by the Famous Players theatre circuit.

steelbeard1
steelbeard1 on January 10, 2005 at 11:22 pm

The Archives of Ontario has a page about the theatre which you can read at View link
That page mentions that the architect of this theatre was Mandel Sprachman.

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