Capitol Theatre

2035 12th Avenue at Scarth Street,
Regina, SK

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Capitol Theatre exterior

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The Capitol Theatre opened in 1921, was twinned in 1975, and was demolished in 1992. Any additional information would be appreciated.

Contributed by Graeme McBain

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Saskgrl
Saskgrl on September 25, 2005 at 2:01 pm

I had the opportunity to go up to the “new” projection booth in the early ninties. The balcony had been converted into the larger projection booth for both auditoriums. Once up there, you could visualize the balcony (the steps were still there with some seats on them), as well as look into the first projection booth with some equipment still in it. You could also imagine the original design on the ceiling of the theatre, before they built the wall dividing the auditorium. A true gem on the prairies.

Capfan
Capfan on January 18, 2006 at 5:52 pm

In it’s early days it had it’s own 10 person orchestra to accompany silent movies and vaudeville acts. On October 21, 1940 the Cap hosted the world premiere of “North West Mounted Police”. The Cap was decorated to resemble a western style fort. The Regina Plains Museum has a wide variety of memorabilia which sadly, I do not believe is on display. It was owned by the Famous Players chain.

rjbbrooks
rjbbrooks on May 23, 2006 at 10:03 am

I think I watched the original “Poseidon Adventure” at this theater when I was probably ten years old. I remember when they tore it down. More information about this great theater can be found at the City of Regina Archives (see View link)

filmo
filmo on June 19, 2006 at 8:36 pm

I enjoyed a few good movies in both halves of the Capitol Theatre and always while waiting for the feature to start wondered to myself how grand the theatre must have looked when it it was a whole and a single theatre with its ornate plaster ceiling, balconies, and plush lobby. When they tore down the building one of the theatre’s secrets was revealed to me. The curved facade of the building was produced by one single three feet thick I-beam bent to a curve—very impressive iron work. The theatre was torn down because the greedy Crown Life corporation wanted a head office on the corner, when plenty of other similar sized lots were available at the time. They destroyed a piece of history and then left town about four years later—hell is to good of a place for the likes of them. Regina save your Cinema Six drive-in !!!

atmos
atmos on July 5, 2006 at 2:31 am

the photo on the Regina library website shows the interior of the Capitol,and it is not atmospheric as previously thought.Photo can be viewed at this address –
www.reginalibrary.ca/commform/ReginaArchives/archives.htm
listed under Education and culture.

atmos
atmos on July 24, 2006 at 6:39 pm

The architect for this theatre was Thomas Lamb.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 19, 2008 at 10:02 am

The Capitol was part of the Famous Players Canadian chain in the early 1960s.

rivest266
rivest266 on December 5, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Multi-page opening announcement from March 19th, 1921 is at
View link

September 4th, 1975 ad for its reopening as a twin
View link

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 1, 2012 at 7:18 am

Renovations pictured in this 1939 trade report: Boxoffice

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