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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 ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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