Capitol Theatre

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

Unfavorite No one has favorited this theater yet

Additional Info

Architects: G.J. Mace

Firms: Chapman & Oxley

Styles: Atmospheric

Nearby Theaters

News About This Theater

Capitol Theatre

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

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

triso on June 3, 2005 at 2:44 pm

An article about the failed restoration of the Capitol is at:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 27, 2007 at 4:56 am

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

CSWalczak on June 26, 2009 at 10:34 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:

odeon on August 31, 2011 at 2:20 am

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 on November 7, 2012 at 11:30 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).

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater.