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Capitol Theatre (photo credit Library of Congress)

Capitol Theatre

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

First Opened: 11th May 1929 (93 years ago)

Demolished: 1979

Atmospheric Style: Spanish Courtyard

Architect: Murray Brown

Status: Demolished

Address: 127 2nd Avenue S, Saskatoon, SK S7K Link opens in new window


Overview

The Capitol Theatre opened in May 1929 with Close Harmony Link opens in new window starring Charles “Buddy” Rogers. The Capitol was designed by Canadian architect Murray Brown in an Atmospheric style with a Spanish courtyard theme, with interior decoration by Italian artist Emmanuel Briffa. The Spanish theme was carried throughout the lobbies and lounges.

The theatre had 1,600 seats, 1,400 on the orchestra (main floor) level and 200 plush seats on a narrow balcony. The stage had full facilities, and was reported at its opening as being some 80ft (24.4m) wide.

The Capitol was demolished in 1979.

Information sourced from Cinema Treasures Link opens in new window.

Further Reading

Online

Historic Photos & Documents
News of the theatre’s completion nearing, as printed in the 9th May 1929 edition of <i>The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix</i> (1MB PDF)
News of the theatre’s completion nearing, as printed in the 9th May 1929 edition of The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix (1MB PDF)
News of the theatre’s opening, as printed in the 11th May 1929 edition of <i>The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix</i> (1MB PDF)
News of the theatre’s opening, as printed in the 11th May 1929 edition of The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix (1MB PDF)
Auditorium, as printed in the 25th October 1930 edition of <i>Exhibitors Herald-World</i> (JPG)
Auditorium, as printed in the 25th October 1930 edition of Exhibitors Herald-World (JPG)
Auditorium in 1929, courtesy Cinema Treasures user <i>Granola</i> (JPG)
Auditorium in 1929, courtesy Cinema Treasures user Granola (JPG)
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