Capitol Theatre

113 8th Street,
Brandon, MB R7A 2R3

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ALLEN (CAPITOL) Theatre; Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

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Opened as the Allen Theatre July 14, 1917. Later renamed Capitol Theatre (not to be confused with the later Capitol Theatre, now the Landmark Brandon). Famous Players ran the 598-seat single-screen house.

Sometime after its closure in 1961, the Capitol Theatre building was demolished. The Town Centre, a mixed-use retail and office complex, currently stands on the site of the original Capitol Theatre.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 1, 2014 at 2:08 pm

The Capitol Theatre in Brandon was mentioned in the July 15, 1926, issue of The Film Daily. J. B. Reisman had just been named manager of the Famous Players house. The November 15 issue of the same publication said that Famous Players controlled both of the theaters then operating in Brandon. The theaters were not mentioned by name, but the other house must have been the Strand, which had opened in 1917.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm

The Capitol Theatre opened on July 14, 1917, as the Allen Theatre. According to Reel Time: Movie Exhibitors and Movie Audiences in Prairie Canada, 1896 to 1986 by Robert Morris Seiler and Tamara Palmer Seiler, the Allen Theatre was designed by architect J. W. Kirkland. Page 153 of the book has photos of the Capitol’s marquee around 1960 and the Allen’s auditorium around 1920 (Google Books preview.)

The Allen Theatre in Brandon is one of three theaters pictured on this page of Motion Picture News for March 27, 1920.

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