Capitol Theatre, originally the York – Once in Lawrence Park

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Capitol Theatre, originally the York and also known as York Eglinton Theatre, was once located at 2492 Yonge St (at Castlefield Ave on the northwest corner) in the Lawrence Park South neighbourhood of Toronto.

In 1914, the building that was home to York Theatre was completed, and the theatre opened the following year. According to the Toronto Directory, it remained in operation until the early-1920s. Soon after, keeping the original rear auditorium, the present-day Late Classical Revival style building was constructed. The theatre was renamed the Capitol, and it was in operation until 1998. It later underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and became an event venue.

The building block, from 2490 to 2510 Yonge St, received heritage status from the City of Toronto in 2016.

There are plans to develop the property into a mixed-use building called The Capital Residences, preserving the historic facade.

Capitol Theatre Photos

1933 - Capitol Theatre was once located at 2492 Yonge St and Castlefield Ave on the northwest corner
1933 – Capitol Theatre was once located at 2492 Yonge St and Castlefield Ave on the northwest corner (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1231, Item 1485)
2021 - Capitol Theatre was once located at 2492 Yonge St and Castlefield Ave
2021 – Capitol Theatre was once located at 2492 Yonge St and Castlefield Ave
1921 - The theatre entrance at 2492 Yonge St. On the marquee, "Cappy Ricks," starring Thomas Meighen and Charles S Abbe, was playing. The rear of the building is the theatre's auditorium while the building on the right is Dominion grocery store
1921 – The theatre entrance at 2492 Yonge St. On the marquee, “Cappy Ricks,” starring Thomas Meighen and Charles S Abbe, was playing. The rear of the building is the theatre’s auditorium while the building on the right is Dominion grocery store (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1231, Item 724)
1926 - Looking northwest towards the Capitol Theatre, once located at Yonge St and Castlefield Ave
1926 – Looking northwest towards the Capitol Theatre, once located at Yonge St and Castlefield Ave (Archives of Ontario RG 2-71)
1981 - Fine Arts Capitol Theatre was once located at Yonge St and Castlefield Ave on the northwest corner. On the marquee, "Lili Marleen," by director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, starring Thomas Meighen and Charles S Abbe, was playing
1981 – Fine Arts Capitol Theatre was once located at Yonge St and Castlefield Ave on the northwest corner. On the marquee, “Lili Marleen,” by director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, starring Thomas Meighen and Charles S Abbe, was playing (Toronto Public Library LOCHIST-ND-096)
2020 – The Met, in the former Capitol Theatre, at 2492 Yonge St
2020 – The Met, in the former Capitol Theatre, at 2492 Yonge St
2019 – The Met sign
2019 – The Met sign
2020 – Ticket booth
2020 – Ticket booth
2021 - Artist rendering of The Capitol at Yonge St and Castlefield Ave
2021 – Artist rendering of The Capitol at Yonge St and Castlefield Ave (The Capitol Residences)
1932 - The Toronto City Directory showing the address of the Capitol Theatre
1932 – The Toronto City Directory showing the address of the Capitol Theatre (Toronto Public Library)
1920 - The Toronto City Directory showing the address of the York Theatre, later the Capitol Theatre
1920 – The Toronto City Directory showing the address of the York Theatre, later the Capitol Theatre (Toronto Public Library)
1915 - The Toronto City Directory showing the address of the York Theatre, later the Capitol Theatre. Note the street number for the theatre was initially 2282 Yonge St
1915 – The Toronto City Directory showing the address of the York Theatre, later the Capitol Theatre. Note the street number for the theatre was initially 2282 Yonge St (Toronto Public Library)
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