Capitol 6 Theatre

820 Granville Street,
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K3

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Capitol Theatre exterior with the nearby Orpheum Theatre

The 2,077-seat Capitol Theatre originally opened as a single screen on March 13, 1921 with Wallace Reid in “The Love Special”. It had a 2nd entrance on Seymour Street. It was equipped with a Warren 3 manual 15 ranks organ. In 1927 this was replaced by a Wurlitzer Style 260 ‘Special organ with 3 manual 15 ranks. The organ was removed and sold in 1956. The Capitol Theatre was closed on November 30, 1974. It was demolished and a new six-screen multiplex opened on March 18, 1977.

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

Contributed by ian macdonald

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rl_83 on September 24, 2015 at 8:04 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 4:11 pm

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 15, 2015 at 1:24 am

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

Three Strip was at the Strand.

hermangotlieb on March 26, 2016 at 3:59 pm

To BCexpatriate

Here is the Google newspaper archive for the Vancouver Sun. The coverage is very spotty and ends around 1987 but it does feature the paper cover-to-cover.

They are all organized by decade and then by year.

Be prepared to lose a few hours as it’s quite interesting to see how many theatres there were back then and, unlike today, how few theatres showed the same movie.

Here is the link:

BCexpatriate on January 2, 2017 at 9:06 pm

Thank you for that link hermangotlieb! AWESOME!

rivest266 on November 18, 2018 at 6:01 pm

This opened on March 13th, 1921. Grand opening ad below and in the photo section.

DavidZornig on April 10, 2019 at 3:26 pm

2012 video of a Capitol ghost sign revealed during demolition of a nearby building. Google: “Grandma’s Boy Capitol Vancouver Ghost Sign” for multiple images.

DavidZornig on October 26, 2020 at 12:23 am

PSTOS link about the Capitol.

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