Capitol Theatre

230 Queen Street,
Ottawa, ON K1P 5N2

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gordonmcleod
gordonmcleod on January 27, 2014 at 3:39 am

Bits of the Warren organ are in the Obrien Theatre Renfrew Ontario organ

emmabrown
emmabrown on September 13, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Hi DavidDymond! I’m a journalism student interested in writing a story about the Capitol Cinema. I would love to hear about your experience working there. Reply to this comment if you’re interested. Thanks!

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on February 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Bert Brown installed a pay phone backstage so the artists could call HOME!!!

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on February 23, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Hi Karen I worked at Capitol Square Cinemas for your uncle Bert Brown. He was the best and most professional Manager I ever knew and he told me lots about the original Capitol Theatre and we became great friends. Mr.Brown told me they had a pay phone back stage so the artists like Tammy Wynette could call him with no hassle in a pre-cell phone world!!!

Ashleigh87
Ashleigh87 on January 27, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Hi, I am Karen Brady (my married name) my single name was Brown and my uncle was the last manager of the Capital theater in Ottawa. His name was Edward Albert Brown. A magnificent theater!

pjws
pjws on October 17, 2009 at 12:07 am

Yes, I believe that this is a photo of the old capitol Theatre in Ottawa. I have a piece of it… I bought one of the 8' decorative mirrors from its lobby whemn it was demolished in 1970.

The streetcars are also gone. Shortly after this picture was taken the local government took the streetcars out of service and tore up all the tracks because they thought that the overhear wires were “unsightly”. Now (2009) they want to build a $1.2 billion (!!)light rail system in Ottawa. Great planning!!

ladoucl
ladoucl on September 12, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Hi Tom,

I am Hector Ladouceur’s grand daughter. I am also looking for information and photoes of Hector and the Caitol Theatre.

Perhaps we can share?

Thanks

tsullivan19
tsullivan19 on May 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm

I’m trying to gather information concerning a manager of the Capitol Theatre, Mr. Hector Ladouceur. Any info would be appreciated.
Thanks

shearej
shearej on April 21, 2006 at 12:58 pm

By any chance does anyone know the early 1960s date of the ray charles concert at the capital theatre in ottawa.

Hugger1
Hugger1 on March 28, 2006 at 3:33 pm

It was actually on Bank Street, not Queen Street.

Hugger1
Hugger1 on March 28, 2006 at 3:33 pm

It was actaully on Bank Street, not Queen Street.

CFrancis
CFrancis on December 21, 2004 at 10:04 pm

Edward,

Was the special screening accompanied by an accomplished theatre organist? I own a new (through Film Presrevation Associates/David Shepard) 16 mm print and a Beta tape and a laser video disc of Mary’s great film with my late hero, Gaylord B. Carter, playing an especially appropriate score. I am wondering if there was indeed a song entitled THE GLAD SONG and if Gaylord used this in conjunction with his scoring of the film through the Matty Kemp Festival Series/The Mary Pickford Company(copyright,1972)?

Calvert Francis
Lawton, Oklahoma
USA

edward
edward on April 28, 2004 at 4:57 am

In the book, Palaces of the Night by John Lindsay, two photo captions read:

1) The Ottawa Capitol likely had the most magnificent staircase of any theatre in Canada. This theatre was considered by some to be the best of Thomas Lamb’s Canadian designs. The auditorium closely resembled the Toronto Pantages (now Canon Theatre) which also opened in 1920.
2) Many felt the Ottawa Capitol was the most attractive of all of Lamb’s theatres.

Closed and demolished in 1970. The last show was a special screening of Mary Pickford’s POLLYANNA and a benefit stage show which played to a packed house.

projectophile
projectophile on April 28, 2004 at 12:23 am

The Capitol in Ottawa was a Thomas Lamb designed theatre very much like the Uptown in Toronto. In the early to mid 1960’s when I went to the Capitol many times they also had live shows.
The Capitol was a magnificent theatre but its downtown property value became so high it could not possibly last.

0stimpy0
0stimpy0 on January 17, 2004 at 3:57 pm

The Capitol was demolished and replaced by an office tower which also housed a replacement theatre, the Capitol Square, with 3 screens. This theatre closed about 3 years ago and has now been converted to office space.