Capitol Theatre

Category: Arts and Heritage
Types: Theatres
Region: Central Ontario
Address: 20 Queen St, Port Hope
Phone: (905) 885-1071
Capitol Theatre

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The Capitol Theatre in Port Hope is Canada's only remaining operating atmospheric theatre. The Capitol Theatre is a superb example of an atmospheric theatre, a Hollywood-inspired genre of architecture. Unlike conventional theatres, the Capitol is a building rich in fantasy decor, designed to divert the audience away from everyday cares and set the stage for the show to come on stage and screen. The architectural design and decorative scheme in an atmospheric theatre were planned to evoke the illusion that patrons were seated outdoors. This effect was achieved by projecting images of stars and moving clouds onto a grey painted, seamless ceiling, using a brenograph, which is a special type of projection equipment designed expressly for this purpose. The employment of projected images is the key element in an atmospheric theatre

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