The Theatre & History

The Many Lives of the Capitol Theatre Windsor

In the heart of Downtown Windsor, the Capitol Theatre currently offers the unique convenience of a three-in-one venue, joined together by a classic lobby and bar area. It is both intimate and spacious; accessible and grand.

Today, the building is owned by the City of Windsor, managed by its anchor tenant, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and available to local artists and community groups as a multi-purpose venue for dance, literature, music, drama, film, and more. Generations of families have happy memories of the Capitol, and new ones are being made.

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The Beginning…1920

On February 12, 1920 it was announced that Marcus Loew of Loew’s Vaudeville Theatres had purchased lands on the Sound side of London Street (University Avenue) and the West side of Pelissier Street for a theatre. The theatre would be built in the “modern” single floor style with the cost of about $600,000. Loew’s Windsor Theatre took nine months to build and officially opened on New Years Eve, December 31, 1920. The name changed to the Capitol Theatre in 1922.

Designed by the prolific theatre architect Thomas White Lamb, the theatre was in his trademark style of Adam-Empire. One of sixteen Canadian theatres Lamb was to design, it held 1995 patrons. Lamb is best known in Canada for his design of Toronto’s Pantages, The Elgin and Wintergarden Theatres, and the Ottawa Capitol.

Please view our history timeline in the slide show above.