William Street and The Esplanade,
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Styles: Art Nouveau
Designed by architects George Temple Poole and Christian Frederik Mouritzen, the Capitol Theatre opened on 4th May 1929 with Lewis Stone in “The Foreign Legion”. Seating was provided for 2,250, with 1,287 in the stalls and 963 in the circle. The theatre was not too successful as a cinema due to its size in a city with a small population and it had limited space backstage for operation as a live theatre.
Tom Wardle bought the Capitol Theatre in 1966 for use as a live theatre but sold it in 1968 after being offered a price above what he had purchased it for.
The Capitol Theatre was demolished in 1968 and replaced by an office building. The chandelier from the theatre now hangs in the Princess Theatre in Melbourne.
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