96 Main Street North,
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Previously operated by: Odeon Theatres (Canada) Ltd.
Previous Names: Capitol Theatre, Odeon Theatre
A very nice venue although with limited stage facilities. One balcony, with simple pressed metal decoration on the ceiling.
The Capitol Theatre opened in 1922 with 831 seats, offering movies and live entertainment. When Vaudeville became unpopular, the theatre upgraded its movie facilities and for several decades was Brampton’s premier movie destination.
The building was purchased and renovated by the City of Brampton in 1981. Renamed the Heritage Theatre, it offered live entertainment and movies once more.
The City of Brampton have now built a new performing arts centre-the Rose Theatre, immediately adjacent to the Heritage Theatre.
The plans in 2005 were to redevelop the whole area into a new Performing Arts Centre, Market Square, and Luxury Housing. The future of the Heritage Theatre, which closed in 2006, is now uncertain.
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In late 2002 / early 2003, the theater had a brief life as a school project. High School students would run the theater’s box office, work as ushers, operate the concession stand and even the projector on Monday nights. This afforded an opportunity to see films one may have missed during their theatrical run, but before their DVD release. I recall seeing Gangs of New York during this festival.
I remember winning tickets for two to the then Odeon Theatre. I won them playing Rogers TV BINGO. The Rogers Cable 10 studios were next door to the cinema in those days. I suppose that’s how they got the tickets.
Alas, I could not utilize my hard won prize as all the movies showing at the time were R-rated. In particular I remember the horror movie ‘Frogs’ being really big. I felt ripped off.
Maybe this building should be heritage listed?