Capitol 6 Theatre

820 Granville Street,
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K3

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Capitol Theatre exterior with the nearby Orpheum Theatre

Viewing: Photo | Street View

This theatre originally opened in 1918 as a single screen and was renovated/expanded in the 70s or 80s into a six-screen multiplex.

It closed April 14, 2005 and was demolished to provide for a new apartment block.

Contributed by ian macdonald

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Snooze_King on July 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm

My last visit to the Capitol 6 was a few months before Famous Players closed the cinema. The place was a pigsty; it reeked of cigarette smoke, the seats and carpets were filthy and many of the seats were broken. A manager stood near the candy counter, so I asked him about the squalor. He said, “I apologize for this, but we’re closing the place soon, so we have discontinued all cleaning and maintenance.” I noticed, however, that their ticket/confection prices were as high as ever despite refusing to spend any $ on providing a comfortable viewing experience for their guests. I used to manage a movie house in a major US city and we would never have pulled a stunt like that on our customers. Canadians don’t understand (or care about) the concept of customer service.

Spire on July 22, 2012 at 10:18 am

Wow. I wouldn’t really take the experience of that one situation to make a blanket statement about all Canadians…

I imagine there’s been a few American mega-chains that have “pulled the plug” on an old theatre before they actually closed it!

rl_83 on November 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Cap 6 was pretty much a cesspool right at the end with ads for the new Paramount ( later named Scotiabank ) all over the place.

The place did have an odd, musty smell to it. But I don’t think it was cigarette smoke.

The chairs left an odor on your clothes, and the stairway on the south side of the building, which oddly enough had a bathroom mid way between the 1st and 2nd floor, reeked of piss.

The place also had major water damage from leaks that were not repaired promptly. The Granville side entrance, which had skyline windows in the ceiling leaked for some time before it was fixed ( or was it? ) and caused brown stains all over the ceiling of the granville entrance roof.

I also recall at a sneak peek of the first “ Underworld ” , looking up at the booth and seeing what looked like black tarps or garbage bags taped to the ceiling of the booth.

But all in all, I still loved the place. The Main house ( #1 ) was something that cannot and will not be matched in terms of the size, uniqueness, and just pure awesomeness.

I fully blame FP for not taking care of it properly and letting it die a horrible death, leaving it’s last years' a dark spot on the memories of many movie-goers.

BCexpatriate on May 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm

I remember seeing a lot of movies at the old Capitol 6, namely ‘The Ghost and The Darkness’, ‘Alien’, and ‘Titanic’. I agree with rl_83 that FP neglected it sadly and letting it die the way they did; sadly, this seems to have been their policy with a lot of classic Vancouver-area theaters.

rivest266 on February 9, 2014 at 10:08 am

1977 grand opening in photo section.

SnoozeKing on April 6, 2014 at 7:05 pm

I worked at the Capitol 6 in the very early 1980s; its manager was named Cliff Gallant, who by 1985 had been transferred to the Stanley. His replacement was Doug Smith. Any idea if Cliff or Doug is still alive? I knew them a long time ago, and they weren’t exactly teenagers then (although Cliff was still in his 30s).

BCexpatriate on September 14, 2015 at 9:48 am

Does anyone know where one can possibly find new and different pics of the Vancouver Sun movie listings from the 1980s (for this theater and others)? I would live to see more of those photos.

rl_83 on September 24, 2015 at 12:04 am

Best source of those is a library with microfiche archives and a lot of time to go through them. I did it many years ago and its really quite something to look at.

Cinerama on September 24, 2015 at 8:11 am

This was a Cinerama theatre from 1965 to 1969. It would be cool if there were some pictures of the theatre during that time and/or ads that mention Cinerama for the movies that played there.

rl_83 on October 14, 2015 at 5:24 pm

The original Capitol was indeed a Cinerama house, although it was the 70mm version only.

Three Strip was at the Strand.

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