Capitol 6

805 Yates Street,
Victoria, BC V8W 1M1

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Opened as the Capitol Theatre on September 7, 1921. It was owned by Famous Players with seating listed at 1,212 when it opened. Cineplex operated the theatre for a short time in 2005 and then it was operated by Empire Theatres.

Seating was listed at 1,685 with the smallest auditorium seating 127 and the largest 544. It has been expanded from the original single screen to six screens featuring first run attractions from June 26, 1981. It was closed on October 17, 2013.

Reopened November 4, 2016 as the Capitol 6 under independent management. Power recliner seats have been installed, reducing the total seating capacity to 502.

Contributed by Chuck

Recent comments (view all 50 comments)

DLyonwood on September 17, 2015 at 5:47 pm

I wonder if anyone knows the name(s) of the architect(s) who designed this theatre? I’d like to see more of their work.

hermangotlieb on March 6, 2016 at 1:22 pm

I walked by the Capitol 6 last week and noticed they had cleaned up the lobby considerably. They moved out all of the over-grown dead plants, the ATM machines etc.

With new owners, it looks like it won’t be too long before it meets the wrecking ball. It’s too bad.

At least there are contributors who were generous enough to share a wealth of photos that covers just about every square-inch of this building!

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on June 8, 2016 at 9:47 am

BREAKING NEWS! The Capitol 6 in Victoria is reopening in August!!!!

Full article:

ScreenClassic on September 9, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Any word yet on a specific date for the Capitol 6’s reopening? We’re into September now and still no sign of activity.

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on October 19, 2016 at 5:50 pm

UPDATE: Reopening November 4th, name to go back to Capitol 6, screen size has been made bigger on some screens, all leather-recliner seating (reserved) and Vancouver Island’s first Coke Freestyle machine at concession.

News link:

Spire on November 8, 2016 at 6:53 am

This theatre is now reopened. It’s now called simply “Capitol 6” and has a new website:

hermangotlieb on November 27, 2016 at 8:19 pm

Just came back from a trip to Victoria and noticed this theatre has re-opened as an independent, I assume.

So glad to see it has been re-opened as a theatre as it is a great building that has been an important piece of the architectual landscape of Victoria for many years.

Let’s hope the attendance numbers keep it going for many years to come!

morganjmoriarty on January 11, 2019 at 9:23 am

Can we get this page updated? I’m the new GM at this location, and we’ve made some changes to the theatre. There are now big power recliner seats, so the seating number is 502 total (they took up a lot of room). We are no longer affiliated with Empire Theatres as that chain has been dissolved, and are independently owned and operated (under the banner of Golin Cinemas Inc, the same Andrew Golin who runs Regency Theatres in the western US). I can also submit a whole bunch of post-renovation pictures if you’re interested!

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