Before the inception of the Capitol Theatre, the Port Theatre operated on First Avenue across from the former Alberni Hardware. It opened in 1914 under the management of Jack Warren. Walter Hamly oversaw the theatre's day to day operation and his wife too care of the company's books. Capacity was 200 and shows were first offered every Wednesday and Saturday nights. An Edison cylinder gramophone supplied the music for these first movies - silent ones they were! Read more about the history of the Capitol Theatre and its operating Board of Directors - Portal Players Society. http://atthecapitol.org/?page_id=69
Today the Capitol Theatre is operated by the Portal Players Dramatic Society through which a number of plays are conducted annually.