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“Nice Theatre But Not Much of a Symphony Hall” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Capitol Theatre Windsor

Capitol Theatre Windsor
121 University Avenue West, Windsor, Ontario N9A 5P4, Canada
+1 519-973-1238 Ext 3
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Ranked #16 of 39 Attractions in Windsor
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Owner description: ♦ Live Theatre ♦ Performing Arts ♦ Concerts ♦ Cinemas ♦ Meetings ♦ Weddings ♦ Special Events ♦ Built in 1920, The Capitol Theatre was designed by renowned architect Thomas Lamb. It is now the home of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and a cultural hub for local arts and community groups. The Capitol has three performances spaces available for rent, a fully licensed bar, front of house staff, technical director, and is wheelchair accessible.
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“Nice Theatre But Not Much of a Symphony Hall”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

To save this old theatre from bankruptcy and, perhaps, demolition, the City of Windsor took it over and gave it to the Windsor Symphony Orchestra as a permanent home. It is probably a good venue for theatre and small concerts (there are actually two theatres in the building) and, despite a wonderful addition of an acoustic shell on the stage, it is still not an appropriate location for an orchestra of the mid-range quality of the Windsor Symphony (WSO). Windsor is not a very sophisticated City culturally and has squeezed its symphony and almost eliminated it fabulous art gallery in order to build a water sports comples of dubious commercial value. The WSO probably should have a real concert hall but Windsor seems obsessed with sports--it is a lunch-bucket town after all--and thus culture has tended to be diminished.

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“A Gem That Has been Saved”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Windsor in Ontario sadly, is not a city that looks after or, seems to care a great deal about its heritage. With the exception of small pockets in this city where one can still see, wonderful old houses and buildings that have managed to remain standing, one only has to drive through the city to realise the destruction that has been wrought on the past!
Though I'm told, that attitude thankfully, is slowly changing!
One building that has escaped the city's council members and the clutches of the developer, is the Capitol Theatre in University avenue. Considering it is not a large venue, the acoustics are quite good. It could do with some further TLC but, it has the charm and grace of a bygone era.
It is also now, home to The Windsor Symphony Orchestra.
A venue that should be looked after and treasured for the future

Visited May 2013
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