Empire Theatre

216 First Avenue South,
Saskatoon, SK

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The Capitol 4 was constructed in 1983, and for the longest time, served as one of Saskatoon’s most prominent first-run theatres after its opening in 1984.

Following the Galaxy/Famous Players merger, Empire took over operations, September of 2005.

Almost a year later, the new 12-screen Galaxy megaplex had opened nearby, prompting the Empire’s closure in 2008.

The building has since been transformed into office space, under the new name "Capitol Centre".

Contributed by Elissa Hamilton

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Azzaelea
Azzaelea on July 28, 2009 at 11:45 pm

A Star Phoenix article, dated Jan 2008, on the Empire’s closure—> View link

Azzaelea
Azzaelea on July 29, 2009 at 12:03 am

A picture of what the new Capitol Centre will look like—>
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Azzaelea
Azzaelea on July 29, 2009 at 12:05 am

Picture of Capitol Centre (formerly Capitol 4) under construction—>
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Azzaelea
Azzaelea on August 1, 2009 at 11:12 pm

You can make out the Capitol 4 and yellow Famous Players sign on the lower righthand side of this picture—>
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Azzaelea
Azzaelea on August 2, 2009 at 12:53 am

The Capitol 4, circa August of ‘85—>
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rivest266
rivest266 on November 24, 2010 at 5:54 pm

This opened as Capitol 4 on July 15th, 1983
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23skidoo
23skidoo on August 1, 2014 at 9:21 am

It should be noted that the theater’s original name, Capitol 4, was taken from the original Capitol Theatre which operated one block to the north until it was demolished in the early 1980s for an office tower.

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