The Capitol is known for diverse entertainment in live theatre, dance, music of all genres, comedy, film festivals, youth engagement, community outreach programs, Performances on Screen and other events, with an average of 120 shows a year on its bustling stage. The Capitol regularly offers community workshops and produces performances in-house and off-site. In 1982, the Capitol Theatre Restoration Society was formed and the theatre narrowly escaped demolition. The building was acquired by the City of Nelson and it took 6 years to meticulously restore the theatre, making it grander than before with the addition of a new lobby, dressing rooms, green room, scene shop, costume shop, and new box office.

The Capitol Theatre reopened on the evening of April 17th, 1988.


The Capitol Theatre is a regional landmark for presenting performances from highest quality touring groups, producing performances in-house, and acts as a cinema for film festivals and for streaming of live performances. For 30 years, The Capitol Theatre Restoration Society has relied on industry best-practices, processes and organizational expertise to create and maintain a sustainable performance facility and social hub for our community. The facility is fully-utilized, our staff is well supported, and our many volunteers are engaged and energetic. Together, we believe our patrons’ experience is second-to-none. What we do, we do well.

As we look forward to our next 30 years of operations, we focus on remaining sustainable while also growing our staff, engaging in new theatre opportunities and technologies, and investing in a long-term contingency plan to handle unforeseen emergencies and expenses if they arise. Along with healthy revenue from ticket sales, the Capitol Theatre relies on funding from all levels of government as well as individuals to maintain its current success and strength. Moving forward there are increasing opportunities for patrons and supporters to become involved. There are a number of ways to participate. We are a registered charity and issue tax receipts to donors.

Following is a suggestion of ways to contribute and the benefits for each:



Membership in the Society with Voting Privileges
Tax Receipt



Member benefits, plus
Recognition in show program & website

Stage Hands


2 complimentary ticket vouchers per season series
Plus all of the above advantages



4 complimentary ticket vouchers per season series
Patron advantages, plus
Logo on website*



8 complimentary ticket vouchers per season series
Stage Hand advantages, plus
Director level recognition Donor Wall*



4 complimentary ticket vouchers to each season show
Stage Hand advantages, plus
Producer level recognition on Donor Wall*
Producer recognition in show programs*, print ads*, show posters*
Logo in Season Brochure



Let’s write the script together SEAT CAMPAIGN

Please Consider a Tax Deductible Donation to the Capitol Theatre

Featured Alumni Profile

Allison Girvan

Being part of the Capitol Theatre's Alumni Group goes a long way. Allison is a conductor, educator and singer, proud to be a member of our Alumni Group.