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Thanks to the people who contributed to this information and to the photographs which brought back a flood of memories. I used to go to the Capitol every Saturday morning for the 10.00am show and comic swaps. I remember the stars in the ceiling and the movies I saw there – does anyone know what happened to the other movie houses in Pretoria ie The Plaza (where my father was the manager), the Opera House, the Roxy and the President. Any information anyone could give would be fantastic.
A photograph taken in March 2008 of the former Capitol Theatre as the recently opened gay nightclub ‘Legends’:
From what I have read in articles on the internet I don’t think this theatre is still being used as a parking garage.During the last few years concerts and a record launch have been staged there.
My grandfather, stage name “Willane” was billed 4th to 9th April 1947. Does anyone remember him? I also have a photo of the foyer showing the box office. The middle of the photo is good but some staining on the sides.
I’ve never fallen in love until I fell in love with this theatre.She is a jewel in the dust of South African rennaisance architecture. I was disgusted to see this beautiful building being prostituted as a parking lot by the city council. I intend taking this further- I want to find a way to revive a sleeping beauty. Anyone interested in helping or if you have some good advice- please mail me…