Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Re-created Capitol Theatre opens in Edmonton, Canada; includes multipurpose theatre with 4D attraction

Image: FSY Architects

Message from FSY Architects and Artisan Design:
“FSY Architects is proud to announce the grand opening of the “4-D” Capitol Theatre at Fort Edmonton Park in Edmonton, Canada. The 10,000 square-foot building is a re-creation of Edmonton’s original Capitol Theatre (c. 1929), formerly in downtown Edmonton. The building’s façade has been re-created to accurately represent the Capitol Theatre’s 1929 restoration.
Internally, the new building incorporates modern construction methods, which balance current building code requirements and the necessary technical infrastructure with historical authenticity. The main attraction of the Capitol Theatre is the presentation of a multi-media short film, Northern Light – The Edmonton Story, which focuses on Edmonton’s dynamic history in a 4-D, fully immersive entertainment experience.

Artisan Design collaborated with FSY Architects on the project. Artisan Design’s Rob Wyatt was executive producer and John King was creative director.

Image: Artisan Design

“With an intimate seating capacity of 250 seats, the theatre will also be open for live theatre productions (currently running, Velveteen Rabbit) in the evenings and all during the winter season when Fort Edmonton Park is typically closed. It may also be used as a multi-purpose facility for outside theatre groups, local film festivals, annual general meetings, children’s programming, corporate meetings, and other types of gatherings.”

Attraction Technical Details:

Image: FSY Architects
  • Hourly Capacity: 1000
  • Show Cycle Time: 15 minutes, 11 minutes
  • Show Control: Single ops, Single tech “1 Button” Attraction Mode
  • Audio: Possible 3-D Isono, Acoustically Appropriate for Attraction & Concerts, In-house Mixing Option
  • Lighting: Attraction Mode, Theatre/Concert Mode, House/ Presentation Mode
  • SFX: Snow F/X, Wind F/X, Thunder/ Lighting, Butt Kicker/Sub effects
  • Projection: Rear and Front on Screens and Scrim. SR, SL,
  • Rigging: Center & Ceiling 12 Line Sets Proscenium Only
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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