Nelson's Capitol Theatre is looking for old photos and memorabilia for its special 25th anniversary celebration.

Calling all Nelson theatre groupies

Do you have a special, fond memory of a happening at the Capitol Theatre: perhaps a photo of you or your children taking part in a show?

Do you have a special, fond memory of a happening at the Capitol Theatre: perhaps a photo of you or your children taking part in a show? If so, now is the perfect time to share these with your fellow theatre lovers.

On May 16, Nelson’s very own Capitol Theatre will celebrate a silver anniversary. It all began 25 years ago when the theatre opened its doors in the spring of 1988…well, that’s not quite the whole story. The Capitol Theatre first opened its doors in 1927 as a movie house.

Sadly, by the early 1960’s the space that had been a theatre was anything but; the lights were turned off, the seats removed and we’re told that water dripped into the empty space.

In 1982, an enterprising group of visionaries saw the city’s need for a theatre to facilitate live performances and formed the Capitol Theatre Restoration Society. In the spring of 1988 their vision became a reality with the grand opening of what has become a cornerstone of Nelson’s cultural heritage, the Capitol.

It is this second opening, 25 years ago, that will be celebrated on May 16. The purpose of the event is not only to celebrate 25 years of live theatre at the Capitol but to recognize and thank the hundreds — it’s actually thousands — of individuals who have been part of this history.

The anniversary event will include a display featuring photos and memorabilia from past performances. The theatre has some photos and programs, but believes the best material is out in the community in the hands of those who participated.

Everyone who has stories or photos from the Capitol’s past, please bring them to the Capitol during box office hours, or phone Margaret Stegman at 250-352-7646 for pick up. You can also email photos and information to All material lent for display will be treated with care and returned to the owner.

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