Capitol Theatre

972 Rue Saint-Jean,
Quebec City, QC G1R 1R5

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Capitol Theatre, Quebec City (Official)

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Previously operated by: Famous Players

Architects: H. Laberge, Walter S. Painter

Functions: Live Performances

Styles: Beaux-Arts

Previous Names: Auditorium de Quebec

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 418.694.9930
Manager: 418.694.9930

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Capitol Theatre

Entrance is adjacent to the historic and ornate Capitol Hotel. A very long lobby runs to the back of the hotel where the auditorium sits and beyond that a very large stage - the entire building is quite huge, reminds one of the Warner Theatre in Atlantic City on a smaller scale. Opened as the Auditorium de Quebec in 1903 for plays, opera and vaudeville, movies were added in the 1920’s and it was renamed Capitol Theatre on July 27, 1930.

The Capitol Theatre declined in the 1970’s, and closed in 1982. But ten years later the Capitol Theatre was meticulously restored, reopening in 1992. This beautiful Beaux-Arts style auditorium and lobby have retained all their opulent splendor. Currently it is used for performing arts.

Contributed by David A. Litterer

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

TivFan on November 7, 2012 at 12:19 am

The Capitol Theatre is now part of a complex known as Le Capitole de Quebec. It includes the theatre, a cabaret, hotel and restaurant. The former Cinema de Paris, next door, is now known as Le Cabaret du Capitole. It has been altered and seats 565 patrons. Their web site has a few small pictures and information: .

TivFan on November 7, 2012 at 12:43 am

For more great information and pictures of the Capitol, do a Google search for Capitol Theatre Quebec City. Check out these: Historic Places; Trip Advisor; Canadian Encyclopedia; Virtual Tourist.

CSWalczak on November 7, 2012 at 12:51 am

According to this website, this theatre opened as the Auditorium de Québec with a beaux-arts interior; the original architect was Walter S. Painter. It was remodeled in 1927 by architect H. Laberge when the theatre’s name was changed to the Capitol by Famous Players. Another makeover occurred in 1935 under the direction of Raoul Chenevert; it was apparently that year when it became a full time cinema.

rivest266 on May 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm

February 12th ad for the world premiere of “I Confess” along with the Cartier has uploaded here. video:

rivest266 on September 13, 2018 at 12:42 am
  • Ce théâtre a ouvert ses portes sous le nom de théâtre Auditorium et est devenu le théâtre Capitol le 27 juillet 1930, devenant ainsi le premier théâtre d’Amérique du Nord à présenter un film parlant en français. annonce publiée

  • This opened as the Auditorium theatre and became the Capitol theatre on July 27th, 1930 becoming the first theatre in North America to show a talking movie in French. ad posted.

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