Capitol Theatre collection

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Capitol Theatre collection

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CR 33

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  • 1930-2010 (Creation)

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1 cm of textual records
2 photographs: b&w

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(1930-10-31 - 1974)

Administrative history

The Capitol Theatre opened its doors on Barrington Street at the foot of Spring Garden Road, on October 31, 1930. Known for its extravagant architecture and lush decor, the theatre was very popular in the hey-dey of cinema. The Capitol Buildng was built by Brookfield construction and also housed Maritime Telegraph and Telephone Company offices and a shoe store. It was demolished in 1974 by MT&T to make room for the Maritime Centre high-rise tower.

Before the Capitol Theatre, the location was the home of the Academy of Music, a music hall which was renamed the Majestic in 1918, then torn down in 1930. It opened in 1877 and was demolished in 1929.

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Collection consists of records from the former Capitol Theatre, Barrington St. Halifax including 1938 photo of staff from all Halifax Famous Players Theatres, 1943 photograph of Capitol Theatre staff collecting Victory Bonds, souvenir programmes from 1930, 1937, original programme of Gone With the Wind, Service Manual for Famous Players employees, correspondence re. external sign for Capitol Building, newspaper articles about the theatre and about Cynthia A. Henry, author of "Remembering The Halifax Capitol Theatre".

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Collection was donated by Greg Oldfield in 2010. Greg is son of Pat Oldfield, former stage manager of the Capitol, who took over from Greg Thomas stage manager of the Majestic Theatre.

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