Condo slated for Capitol Theatre revival

Plans are moving ahead for the Capitol Residences—a tribute to the Capitol Theatre landmark in which it will rise 14 storeys in midtown Toronto.

Madison Group and Westdale Properties, along with Hariri Pontarini Architects and Turner Fleischer Architects are reviving the Toronto theatre in the YongeEglinton community at Yonge and Castlefield. The 145 suites will range from 425 to 1950 square feet.

Part of the theatre-turned-condo transformation will be preserving the original marquee and façade at the base three floors. The project will pay homage to the theatre’s rich history from its 1914 debut to its last curtain call in 1998 before becoming a popular event venue.

Especially valued during the Great Depression of the 1920s and 1930s, the theatre was home to screenings and shows including Annabella, Wings of the Morning, and Jane Eyre.

The design uses a palette that ties the building both to the existing context and to the original Capital Theatre facade, previously designed by John MacNee Jeffrey. The team selected a warm coloured sand cast brick and light coloured smooth stone finish for the main body of the building.

A few amenities are a speakeasy-inspired golf simulator and social club, automated parcel storage, an extensive outdoor lounge and dining area, a curated kids play area and pet spa.