Capitol Theatre Revisited – Part 1

After I chanced upon the interior of the Capitol Theatre sometime ago, I decided to revisit it to see if I can get more shots of the interior. This time round, I got Gilbert and Boon Hwee along and we visited it another 3-4 times, each time covering a different section of what was the grand dame of theatres in Singapore.

The auditorium is fairly large, and like most theatres, it’s split into 2 levels – stall and circle seats. The stage is flanked by 2 side panels with maidens riding a flying horse.

The left side of the stall seats with the statue of a pair of maidens on winged horses in the background.
Close up of the statue of a pair of maidens on winged horses (Pegasus?)

Partly due to age and partly due to all the works going on in the interior, the bottom of the statue and the wall near it are actually in a bad state.

The wall on the side entrance to the right of the stage is in a state of disrepair.

Despite being disused and dilapidated now, I can imagine that it must have been a very grand place back in its heyday. There’s also a domed roof at the top, with mosaics of the 12 signs of the Zodiac.

Interestingly, although I heard that the theatre was air-conditions, many ceiling and wall fans can be found throughout the theatre.

The dome roof of the Capitol Theatre featuring the 12 signs of the Zodiac.

Dress Circle

The dress circle is upstairs, accessible by a short flight of stairs.  Unfortunately, I did not have a good shot from inside except for the dome shown above. Gilbert however, has a great shot of the view from the circle seats.

Here are some photos taken outside the dress circle.

The stairway leading to the dress circle section of Capitol Theatre.
The stairway leading to the dress circle section of Capitol Theatre.
Entrance to the dress circle section.
Old and stained posters notifying patrons about the legal age to watch R(A) movies.
Stairs leading to the Gents and exit via an external staircase.
Another staircase leading to the exit.

It’s been a very eye-opening peak into the interior of this majestic theatre. I hope that the works which are being done now will be able to restore it to its former glory and once again make it a grand dame.

Continue reading the next post, where we explore the backstage.

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