Capitol Theatre - a close up of the Grande Dame through the years

Built in 1929 and after nearly 17 years since she welcomed her last cinema patron in 1998, The Grande Dame is once again ready to retake her rightful established place in Singapore’s artistic scene. It is only fitting that as Singapore celebrates its 50th Golden Anniversary, we once again see her return to take a starring role in today’s modern society. 


“Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.”

We take a look at the various looks she has displayed through the years.

1930s

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1950s

 
This digital copy (c) National Library Board Singapore 2008. The original work (c) Lam Mui Chin.
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Workmen pulling up a 'crown' for display in 1953
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1960s


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A scene along North Bridge Road in 1966, with a view of Capitol Theatre in the distance

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1970s

Inside the Capitol Theatre
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1980s

From the Lee Kip Lin Collection. All rights reserved. Lee Kip Lin and National Library Board, Singapore 2009.
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From the Lee Kip Lin Collection. All rights reserved. Lee Kip Lin and National Library Board, Singapore 2009.
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From the Lee Kip Lin Collection. All rights reserved. Lee Kip Lin and National Library Board, Singapore 2009.
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All Rights Reserved. National Library Board Singapore 2000.
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1990s

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2000s

All Rights Reserved. National Library Board Singapore 2004.
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All Rights Reserved. National Library Board Singapore 2004.
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2015 – Capitol Theatre today

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Virtual Tour of the new Capitol Theatre

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