Capitol Theatre

29 Second Street W.,
Cornwall, ON K6J 1G3

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Capitol Theatre

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The Capitol Theatre opened January 1928 and and had an original seating capacity of 1,360. It was designed in an Atmospheric style by architect G.J. Mace.

Closed in 1985 it was demolished by the city administration in 1991.

Contributed by Graeme McBain, Ken Roe

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triso
triso on June 3, 2005 at 11:44 am

An article about the failed restoration of the Capitol is at:
http://www.cornwall-lacac.on.ca/Capitol.html

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 27, 2007 at 1:56 am

The Capitol Theatre was a ‘sister’ theatre to the Runnymede Theatre, Toronto.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 26, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Here are some updated links to two of the pictures of the theatre previously posted above as well as two others from the Ontario Archives:
http://ao.minisisinc.com/Webimages/I0011937.jpg
http://ao.minisisinc.com/Webimages/I0020938.jpg
http://ao.minisisinc.com/Webimages/I0020939.jpg
http://ao.minisisinc.com/Webimages/I0020940.jpg

odeon
odeon on August 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm

The change in policy at the Capitol to first-run movies in 1983-84 led directly to the demise of the Palace Theatres which Canadian Odeon could not find profitable when competing against a non-profit theatre.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on November 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

The Capitol Theatre in Cornwall is one of my favourite theatres, built in 1928 by the Palace Amusement Company, a Famous Players partnership situation. Clarence Markell was the spark behind this building and the Palace Theatre in Cornwall, Ontario — and during the twenties and thirties both these theatres did very well. Clarence Markell was extremely GOOD theatre operator!! During the first year or two of the Capitol Theatre’s operation — the Palace Theatre was kept closed, but later was re-opened and much later became the number one house when remodelled completely about `1949. Business was so good in Cornwall, that the Markells and the Whithams seriously considered building a third theatre in Cornwall, but it never happened!! The Capitol Theatre had a wooden floor and I remember hearing the crowds move on that wooden floor (it sounded very loud almost like a herd of elephants moving).

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