Capitol Theatre re-opening

By some measures, we are “getting back to normal” – the beach is open, Rainbow Cinema and the Loft are operating with a “normal” program albeit with limited capacity, and the CCC is gradually opening up. Last year, all entertainment events at Victoria Hall and the Capitol were cancelled but now the Capitol is opening up – will Victoria Hall be next?  The Capitol started with a live show “The Importance of being Earnest” and is hosting the long running Vintage Film Festival this coming weekend. There are safety plans in place which follow Provincial guidelines and these include a requirement that all patrons are fully vaccinated.  The program this year consists of films that are “based on a true story” such as M.A.S.H., the Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night and Lawrence of Arabia.  As usual, there will be two “silents” with live piano accompaniment.

Tickets are now available online or at the door – weekend passes are $75. This gets you 12 movies and a “Brown Bag Lunch Seminar” on Sunday by Camille Stopps (Cobourg-born film & TV actor) who will talk about her life as a working actor in films today.  For an extra $10 you can order a catered lunch for this event.  If a whole weekend festival is too much, single tickets for $10 are available online or at the door.  Online ordering has an added benefit this year – since you provide contact info when ordering, it’s not necessary to repeat that when you come to the show although you still have to prove vaccination.

And to add to the experience – there’s a silent auction, there will be free popcorn all weekend, and you can buy souvenir T-Shirts and banners.  And if you are 25 or under, admission is free.

There’s even a Trailer:

The Festival is presented by the Marie Dressler Foundation and any profits go towards bursaries for local students planning further education relevant to the film industry.


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