Capitol Theatre

10067 Jasper Avenue NW,
Edmonton, AB

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Capitol Theatre

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Opened as the Allen Theatre on December 2, 1918, by 1929 this house had been acquired by Famous Players and been renamed the Capitol Theatre. Following a major remodeling in 1938, the theatre boasted that its new marquee, with 2,000 lights, was Canada’s largest. From 1952 to 1957, the Capitol Theatre also served as the first home of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

With the declining popularity of big downtown theatres, the Capitol Theatre was closed in 1971 and, in 1972, was demolished, along with several adjacent buildings, to make way for the mixed use Capitol Square project, which included a four screen multiplex cinema. This multiplex, too, has now been closed.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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boytown
boytown on December 10, 2006 at 8:38 am

When my dad told that cost 10 cent a movie in 40’s and 50’s at old Capitol Theatre. It was demolished theatre in 1972, to build new Capitol Square building and it open it late 1975 with mulitplex cinemas, I use to see movies many time at Capitol Square cinemas and it was busiest theatre in first run movies. This is my favorite theatre, good sound, comforoable seating ang screens are large.
Famous Players sold to Cineplex Odeon due financial difficult in 1995 and Cineplex closed it for good due financilal difficult too in 1998. It was sad to see theatre closed and it switch to Epcor Centre office space in 2000.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 3, 2012 at 7:03 am

Modernization described in this 1939 trade article: Boxoffice

gordonmcleod
gordonmcleod on January 26, 2014 at 7:10 pm

They had a large Hill-Greene Lane organ don’t know where it ended up

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