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27 June 2010

Woodstock Capitol Theatre To Be Demolished

(some pictures of the building...on flickr

Woodstocks' former Capitol Theatre which was once known as the local Opera House has been ordered demolished by the City of Woodstock after numerous structural deficiencies were discovered in the form of a collapsed main roof and some support wall issues.
 The theatre which has been closed for many years now(1999) was purchased several years ago by a local businessperson who had plans on renovating the aged structure to create a modern dinner theatre.Those plans never amounted to anything and the building was allowed to fall to pieces.
 The original structure was built in 1893 by a local businessman, Thomas Carter. The John Griffin Amusement Company of Toronto, purchased the building in 1908 and began showing silent films and live theatre performances by a troop from the local YMCA and other local groups. The theatre began showing "talkies" under the Famous Players movie franchise in 1927. In 1940, The theatre was again sold but this time to a local businessman, Tom Naylor who committed to performing numerous renovations including fire protection for the theatre as well again in the 1970's adding a second screen to the building, the Capitol 2.
 It originally seated more than 1400 persons according to


  1. Anonymous9:42 AM

    And that's a damned shame. The Capitol is a real piece of Woodstock's heritage. That it has been allowed to deteriorate and now faces demolition while Council spends millions renovating a pile of crap to house the art gallery perfectly illustrates why we should....


  2. it is a shame. The capitol was a huge part of my childhood. Too bad i could never have taken my daughter there

  3. Anonymous8:08 PM

    I like that line, fire them all:)

  4. Anonymous7:36 AM

    From the Sentinel Review-Mon June 28

    "Last year, local resident Bert Taylor attempted unsuccessfully to convince Woodstock council to give the old building an historical designation. He'd had hopes the city would consider its purchase and apply for grants to convert it to a dinner theatre."

    Taylor should have known better.

  5. Anonymous12:17 PM

    Too bad the owners didn't offer it for a reasonable price so that it could have been restored.

  6. Anonymous12:31 AM

    Woodstock residents should plan a protest AND REFUESE TO LET THIS BUILDING BE TORN DOWN. This building is of great historical value to downtown woodtock. Because we let idiots be in charge of our city this kind of stuff happens. We need to stop this.

  7. Anonymous6:38 AM

    "Too bad the owners didn't offer it for a reasonable price so that it could have been restored."

    Maybe the owner did. Do you know for a fact that he didn't?


    "Woodstock residents should plan a protest....."

    Would these residents be the same folk who are so concerned with historical value that they're content to watch as Southside is turned into a concrete skatepark?

    The Capitol will fall to the wrecking ball because nobody cares. Southside will be spoiled because nobody cares. We're getting the Shoppers Gallery Mart because nobody cares. And we'll probably wind up with pretty much the same Council after October 25 - because nobody cares.


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