Capitol Theatre

20 Queen Street,
Port Hope, ON L1A

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porthoper
porthoper on August 25, 2013 at 11:18 pm

The Capitol Theatre on Port Hope History site. http://porthopehistory.com/capitol/capitol_index.htm

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on February 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm

The Capitol Theatre in Port Hope was a purpose built movie theatre in the atmospheric style built by Famous Players Canadian Corporation. After a number of years Famous Players allowed one of their partners Premier Operating to take this over, as it probably wasn’t doing typical Famous Players business!!

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on March 4, 2008 at 4:41 am

This theatre was in the movie “Tommy Boy.” The vertical marquee was shown twice. Upon checking IMDB, I saw all the shooting locations and cross referenced the other main location besides Canada; Sandusky, Ohio. It was this one.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 16, 2007 at 7:34 pm

If the Capitol opened in August, 1930, I seriously doubt that it was “Canada’s first theater built for sound movies.” Not unless there was a moratorium on theatre building in Canada from 1928 up until that time.

mrcinema
mrcinema on October 22, 2004 at 4:47 am

The Capitol Theatre in Port Hope opened on August 15, 1930, in a former fish shop, with the auditorium section occupying what used to be a livery. It was the first theatre in the country built specifically for talking pictures.
The Capitol operated as a cinema for 57 years, finally closing in 1987. The Capitol Theatre Heritage Foundation eventually bought the building, and in 1993 began a process of restoration.
It is now used to showcase both performing arts and films.

richardg
richardg on August 23, 2004 at 3:07 am

I first discovered this theatre in very early August 2004 but the theatre was dark the day I passed through Port Hope. After arriving home, I checked Cinema Treasures to see if the Capitol had been written up and then went to the website link above. I was impressed and decided to return to the Capitol on August 22, 2004 to see a live performance of Agatha Christie’s “Ten Little Indians”. What a lovely little theatre this is and yes, they still show movies. I plan to return soon for a movie. One reason why the Capitol is successful is because like many of these rescued theatres, the Capitol has an “army” of unpaid volunteers.
Today the Capitol seats 361 which appears to be down considerably from its original seating capacity. Newer seating (although they’re still not real wide) and fewer rows as well as a stage in front of the proscenium arch has diminished the seating capacity. Yes, they have a working cloud machine but don’t always use it because they’re worried about replacement parts and are trying to make it last as long as possible.
During October 22nd to 24th, the Capitol is holding a three day vintage film festival, please check out their website above for details. I was informed during the winter months they book films that were shown at the Toronto film festival.

edward
edward on March 18, 2004 at 1:06 am

Their website is:
http://www.capitoltheatre.com/index.htm
The address is 20 Queen Street, Port Hope, Ontario. This small theatre has 335 seats and still shows first run films on certain nights. Canada’s last operating atmospheric cinema with a Medieval town interior. (Others were Cornwall Capitol – demolished, Toronto Runnymede – Chapters Bookstore).