From January 2020-February 2023, dozens of patrons, artists, and theatre lovers submitted stories of the Capitol to commemorate the incredible legacy of the historic gem.
“I worked behind the “candy bar” as a teenager; circa 1967 to 1970. My uncle Ed Lamoureux was the manager. As I recall there were at that time, 1634 seats. We popped the popcorn backstage. Once we heard the intermission music, we would come running up the side aisle to make sure we made it to assist with sales at the candy bar.”
From horror films to dance recitals to card games in the back room, there was no shortage of amazing memories shared by the Windsor community.
“With my dad, I remember going into the Capitol early in the morning on Saturdays and Sundays to shovel coal into the boilers.
The heating system was not automatic so old-fashioned manual shovelling was necessary to guarantee that the theatre was heated in time for the matinee shows. In really cold weather , a return visit later in the day so that the evening patrons were also warm.
As a footnote, the pool hall in the basement of the Capitol building probably could tell many more intimate stories including backroom poker games.”
We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who took the time to share their story with us.
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