Capitol Theatre undergoing renovations

The Capitol Theatre, February 2020. (Photo by Maureen Revait)

The Capitol Theatre is undergoing a $2.3 million renovation as it prepares to mark its 100th anniversary.

Throughout the Capitol’s 100-year history, the community, municipality, and upper levels of government have provided support to the theatre’s restoration and preservation. We are thankful for the federal government’s current investment at the Capitol Theatre and for the support of the WSO as we work together to enhance the theatre’s accessibility and role in the arts, culture and heritage community in Windsor,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.

The City of Windsor is contributing $1.8 million while another $500,000 is coming from the federal government’s Legacy Fund stream of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program.

“Our federal government is proud to partner with the City of Windsor to support the revitalization of the Capitol Theatre, which has drawn our community together, told our local stories, and reinforced our cultural diversity for one hundred years,” said Windsor Tecumseh MP Irek Kusmierczyk.

As part of the renovations 2,000 square feet of useable space will be added to the theatre. Enhancements will also be made to the the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning the stage and the video and lighting equipment. The ornate carpet throughout the theatre is also being replaced.

In celebration of the theatre’s anniversary a digital wall celebrating the theatre’s history will also be installed.

Renovations are underway and expected to be completed by December 2022.

A community celebration is planned to mark the special occasion once renovations are complete.