Nestled in the historic and picturesque town of Port Hope, just east of Toronto, the Capitol Theatre is a unique, must-see Ontario destination.
A National Historic Site of Canada, the Capitol was first built in 1930 and it is now one of the last fully restored atmospheric theatres still in operation in Canada. It is the only theatre of its kind left in Ontario. This theatre was designed so that the interior walls resemble a walled medieval courtyard surrounded by a forest, and the ceiling is a star-studded blanket of twilight. Sitting in the audience, you feel the “atmosphere” of a performance under the stars in a castle courtyard. The Capitol Theatre provides a unique chance to experience the history of immersive theatre at its best.
Nearly 100 years old, the Capitol Theatre has a proud history of technical and theatrical innovation. The Capitol was one of the first theatres in Canada originally built for talking pictures, the precursor to modern cinema. The first screening at the theatre was Queen High, starring Ginger Rogers and Charlie Ruggles.
In 2015, when the Capitol Theatre produced the famous musical Singing in the Rain, the iconic dancing in the rain scene came to life with a stunning combination of digital projection and real rain falling from the ceiling. With such a remarkable history of innovation, it is no surprise that the Capitol Theatre continues to embrace its historical status while also using innovative technologies and visual effects to create an enhanced, immersive theatre experience.
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