Capitol Theatre

972 Rue St. Jean,
Quebec City, QC G1R 1R5

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World Premiere of I Confess

Viewing: Photo | Street View

Entrance is adjacent to the historic and ornate Capitol Hotel. A very long lobby runs to the back of the hotel where the auditorium sits and beyond that a very large stage – the entire building is quite huge, reminds one of the Warner Theatre in Atlantic City on a smaller scale. Opened in 1903 for plays, opera and vaudeville, movies were added in the 1920’s.

The Capitol Theatre declined in the 1970’s, and closed in 1982. But ten years later the Capitol Theatre was meticulously restored, reopening in 1992. This beautiful Beaux-Arts style auditorium and lobby have retained all their opulent splendor. Currently it is used for performing arts.

Contributed by David A. Litterer

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

The correct address for this theater is 972 Rue Saint-Jean (not Rue St. Germain.)

TivFan
TivFan on November 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm

The Google map and street view are wrong. Way off! The Capitol is located on Rue St. Jean, between Rue D'Auteuil and Rue des Glais. The former Cinema de Paris is still next door.

TivFan
TivFan on November 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm

The Capitol Theatre is now part of a complex known as Le Capitole de Quebec. It includes the theatre, a cabaret, hotel and restaurant. The former Cinema de Paris, next door, is now known as Le Cabaret du Capitole. It has been altered and seats 565 patrons. Their web site has a few small pictures and information: www.lecapitole.com/en .

TivFan
TivFan on November 6, 2012 at 10:43 pm

For more great information and pictures of the Capitol, do a Google search for Capitol Theatre Quebec City. Check out these: Historic Places; Trip Advisor; Canadian Encyclopedia; Virtual Tourist.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm

According to this website, this theatre opened as the Auditorium de Québec with a beaux-arts interior; the original architect was Walter S. Painter. It was remodeled in 1927 by architect H. Laberge when the theatre’s name was changed to the Capitol by Famous Players. Another makeover occurred in 1935 under the direction of Raoul Chenevert; it was apparently that year when it became a full time cinema.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 7, 2012 at 9:10 am

Although the street address has been corrected, the Google map and street view are still stuck more than a mile west-southwest of the actual location of this theater, which is on the north side of Rue St. Jean just east of Rue des Glacis.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm

February 12th ad for the world premiere of “I Confess” along with the Cartier has uploaded here. video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6C_D7YoERY

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