Capitol Theatre

127 Second Avenue South,
Saskatoon, SK S7K

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Very little information on this theatre. It opened on May 11, 1929 with 1,600 seats, and was demolished in 1979.

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Azzaelea
Azzaelea on April 12, 2010 at 11:57 am

Some good news about the Capitol’s grand marquee:
‘The Mid-West design team peeled away deteriorating outer paint to discover the original multi-coloured paint scheme. Paint chips were kept so that it can be restored as closely as possible to its original colour scheme. The marquee was then sandblasted and prepared for re-painting and intricate electrical re-wiring. The restoration project is expected to cost about $80,000 and will be completed once the Mid-West Group has identified an appropriate building in its property portfolio on which to showcase it.“
Go here—> http://www.midwestgroup.ca/diversity/heritage/

Tumbles
Tumbles on April 12, 2010 at 7:12 pm

OMG……..OMG….thanks so much for keeping me posted. I cant believe this happening. What great, great news!! I am returning home to Saskatoon in July and Sept. and I will check it out. I hope that I am available to return home when they resurrect the marquee so I can get some great photos. Thanks again, I sure enjoy hearing about my theatre.
Regards to you Elissa.
THANKS, from Ruby

clw
clw on April 17, 2010 at 9:50 am

Thanks everyone for all your emails. Yes, the Midwest Group has the original Saskatoon Capital Theatre marquee now. It is no longer in its sad state od decay. It is redau for paint but we have still not paintied it, so anyone with knowledge of it original colors is welcome to send us that info to add to our research. We do have the paint chips from the under layers and have been researching theatres of that era to take it back to its original colors which were many as shown in the old paint buried beneath the newer paint layers. We are just waiting to find a building in our portfolio to best showcase the marquee. Award winning heritage property developer Ken Achs will over see the restoration. We will update at midwestgroup.ca and we will also post on this website when we find a location for it. Meanwhile know that is is no longer decaying and is safe and any of you who know Ken’s work will know it will be a first class restoration.

Azzaelea
Azzaelea on April 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

I would like to see the Midwest Group also attempt to salvage the other articles from the Capitol (ie. who owns the discarded items in the Arthur Cook building, as mentioned in the Star Phoenix?) If Midwest could preserve as many Capitol artifacts as possible, in one location, that would be great.

I personally think the marquee would suit a diner or cafe. I’m scared they’re gonna use it for some ugly condominium unit. A theatre-themed diner, with artifacts, would allow patrons to learn about the former Capitol. It would attract a larger demographic.

Tumbles
Tumbles on May 6, 2010 at 9:37 am

Midwest Group is doing a wonderful thing. I have been in contact with Midwest, there’s was long, hard and arduous road to get the marquee relinquished to them, and I – am so grateful to them. I don’t believe that the marquee will be attached to “an ugly condo”, all their work would be in vain. Mr. Ken Achs reputation seems to proceed him and Colleen Wilson will have great plans for the unveiling in a most prestigous manner and building. Kudos to the whole Midwest Team!

MJ (aka RubyRed)

GREGMCKEE
GREGMCKEE on August 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Hey all…been a while since I was on this site…some really good pix of the demolition…and yes, it made my stomach churn to see that gaping hole again…I am glad to hear the marquee is being restored…I cant wait to see the results…I was concerned about its whereabouts after I went to the compound where it was and it was missing! I am glad it is in good hands…I hope Midwest is keeping lots of photos of the process. I agree with Elissa, I would love to go on a mission to see the Capitol artifacts in the Cook Bldg…I think the city is still embarassed at the brutal job of not keeping the Capitol theater alive….I still consider it to be a major loss to the city’s history. If anyone wants to chat about it email me at

rivest266
rivest266 on November 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm

May 11th, 1929 grand opening ad is at View link

Edmond
Edmond on January 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm

How ironic. I worked for Ken Achs and am aware of his Capitol Theater work. A friend gave me 6 Capitol Theater seats “to get rid of” and I did a web search. I have joined this group. I attended the last event at the Capitol in ‘79. It was Sneezy Waters playing Hank Williams in “The Show Hank Never Gave.” It was awesome, but most amazing was the theater. The screen was gone and everyone realized that this was once, and for one last time, a theater, not just a cinema. So, what to do with the seats? Suggestions? Do you have pictures? They are in great shape and they have stories to tell. My email is

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on February 3, 2013 at 11:13 am

This theatre was built in 1929 by the Daylight Theatre Company, Limited whose principals were Mr. Byers and Mr. Butler. The Daylight Theatre Company were Famous Players partners in the operation of the Capitol, The Daylight, the Broadway, and years later the Midtown A & B. In the late 60’s the Daylight Theatre was renamed Paramount at the suggestion of Famous Players Limited!

rivest266
rivest266 on February 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm

May 11th, 1929 grand opening ad can be found in the photo section.

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