Capitol Theatre, Manuka

Canberra's Capital Theatre in 1927
Title:
Capitol Theatre, Manuka
NFSA ID:
711479
Year:
1927
Category:
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Canberra’s first purpose-built cinema was the Capitol Theatre, which opened in 1927 with more than 1,000 seats.

It presented a mixed program of theatrical acts and films, a formula that was popular for many years.

The Capitol was managed by Franklyn Barrett, a well-known former film producer, director and cinematographer.

The original building was demolished in 1980 and Event Cinemas, Manuka now stands on the site.