Capitol Theatre

414 5th Street South,
Lethbridge, AB T1J 0N3

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Previously operated by: Famous Players

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Palace Theatre

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Capitol Theatre

Opened as the Palace Theatre in 1927. In 1929 it was renamed Capitol Theatre. It was closed and demolished in 1974.

Contributed by Graeme McBain

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

kencmcintyre on July 17, 2009 at 2:03 am

The sale of the Capital (sp?) Theatre in Raymond was reported in the Lethbridge Herald in September 1968. The Brewerton family had owned the Capital since 1912. I assume that Raymond is a separate city in Alberta, but sometimes these Canadian suburbs get lumped into the main metro area. If anyone recalls this theater in Raymond, let me know.

kencmcintyre on July 17, 2009 at 2:11 am

If the two theaters are the same, then the opening date given in the introduction is incorrect.

kencmcintyre on July 17, 2009 at 2:15 am

If you read my comment, I noted that some of these small Canadian towns get subsumed into the larger city, i.e Raymond into Lethbridge, such that the small city no longer exists separately. That’s why I wouldn’t add the theater in Raymond pending confirmation that this is not an exurb of Lethbridge.

Chezfun on July 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm

In regards to the movie theatres in Lethbridge and in Raymond, I have attended movies in BOTH locations for MANY years and they were two totally separate entities! How I wish I could once again walk into these two theatres!

GundarkHunter on August 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm

The Capitol in Raymond and Lethbridge were indeed 2 separate theatres. The Capitol in Raymond is now the site of a video rental and ice cream shop. The Lethbridge Capitol was demolished in 1974 to make way for the Lethbridge Centre Mall and Tower, which included the Lethbridge Centre twin Cinemas, which opened in 1975 and are now closed/renovated to other purposes.

ScreenClassic on January 5, 2013 at 11:11 am

The address for the Capitol in Lethbridge was 414 5th Street South.

DavidDymond on February 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm

The stately old CAPITOL THEATRE in Lethbridge was a partnership between Mr. A. W. Shackleford and Famous Players Canadian Corporation. It was built in 1928 and torn down for a mall project in 1974 that include two new modern Famous Players Theatres. Mr. Shackleford and Famous Players were partners nearly 50 years and this included the new Paramount Theatre in 1949!!

rivest266 on February 8, 2014 at 7:22 pm

The grand opening ad from October 9th, 1929 is in the photo section.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 15, 2022 at 6:32 pm

There’s a Palace Theatre listed at 414 5th St S in the 1927 Lethbridge City Directory, so it seems this theatre was open as the Palace before it became the Capitol in 1929.

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