Port Hope Capitol Theatre

This theatre, built in 1930, was one of the first theatres built in Canada especially for movies. It is an “atmospheric” theatre, the interior meant to evoke a medieval castle courtyard. It ran continuously as a movie theatre until 1987, remaining vacant until renovations began in 1993 to convert the 380 seat theatre into a live performing arts venue.

Following its designation under the provincial heritage act, the Capitol Theatre Society embarked on a phased multi-year plan to turn the theatre into a performing arts centre for local groups. The theatre’s interior and restoration of the marquee was the first priority. Then, an adjacent property was purchased to provide public, office and support space.

Novita has worked with the Capitol Theatre Society throughout each phase of the renovations.









Location: Port Hope, Ontario
Project Owner:
Capitol Theatre Society
Date Completed:
1995, 2003
Arcop Architects, Philip Carter Architect
Image Credit:
Capitol Theatre