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jmhu 17. In the past, the streets would be filled with polished cars, film-goers in their best attires, snack sellers and a whiff of excitement in the air. A photo from the #projectcapitol series by @jmhu #capitoltheatre #capitoltheatresg #capitolcinema #shawbuilding #capitolbuilding #singapore #igsg #sgig #igsinga #mobilephotography #instagramsg #iphonesia #streetphotography #mobiledocumentary #iphoneography #blackandwhite #mono #bw #theatre #cinema #lostplaces #iphone4s #igers #sgigers 2y

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jmhu 15. The patrons had the choice of gallery, stalls and circle seats which were priced at S$1, S$2 and S$3 respectively from the early post-World War II years until the 1970s. A photo from the #projectcapitol series by @jmhu #capitoltheatre #capitoltheatresg #capitolcinema #shawbuilding #capitolbuilding #singapore #igsg #sgig #igsinga #mobilephotography #instagramsg #iphonesia #streetphotography #mobiledocumentary #iphoneography #blackandwhite #mono #bw #theatre #cinema #lostplaces #iphone4s #igers #sgigers 2y
  •   filmr Is it stillavailable for shoot? Thank you for this series, I have captured these on film 10yrs ago as this cinema is precious to me. Thank you for the pics! 2y
  •   jmhu They have since closed it and sealed it. Much more difficult to sneak in to shoot. @filmmakerroyston 2y
  •   jmhu There were a few photographers who sneaked in. My friend, @nbanglin, a videographer took some clips. Not sure if he has released them yet. 2y
  •   nbanglin @jmhu @filmmakerroyston lol its not done yet. No time to edit 2y

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jmhu 14. Shaw Organisation, a cinema giant of the time, bought over the building for S$3 million in 1946 and the theatre became its flagship. The famous zodiac mosaic on the high ceiling of the dome interior was installed in the mid-1960s. A photo from the #projectcapitol series by @jmhu #capitoltheatre #capitoltheatresg #capitolcinema #shawbuilding #capitolbuilding #singapore #igsg #sgig #igsinga #mobilephotography #instagramsg #iphonesia #streetphotography #mobiledocumentary #iphoneography #blackandwhite #mono #bw #theatre #cinema #lostplaces #iphone4s #igers #sgigers 2y

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jmhu 13. During the Japanese Occupation, the building was used by the Japanese troops as a food depot. The Japanese who replaced them with their own films forbade the theatre’s English-language movies. It screened films under the name Kyo-Ei Gekkyo until anti-Japanese resistance damaged the building with a bomb in 1944. A photo from the #projectcapitol series by @jmhu #capitoltheatre #capitoltheatresg #capitolcinema #shawbuilding #capitolbuilding #singapore #igsg #sgig #igsinga #mobilephotography #instagramsg #iphonesia #streetphotography #mobiledocumentary #iphoneography #blackandwhite #mono #bw #theatre #cinema #lostplaces #iphone4s #igers #sgigers 2y

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jmhu The legendary symbols of Capitol Theatre. The unicorn's trust in maidens is thought by some to be due to its association in pagan times an lands with cults of the moon and their virgin priestesses. A photo from the #projectcapitol series by @jmhu #capitoltheatre #capitoltheatresg #capitolcinema #shawbuilding #capitolbuilding #singapore #igsg #sgig #igsinga #mobilephotography #instagramsg #iphonesia #streetphotography #mobiledocumentary #iphoneography #blackandwhite #mono #bw #theatre #cinema #lostplaces #iphone4s #igers #sgigers #landmarks 2y

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jmhu 10. Entirely constructed of solid reinforced concrete, including the main roofs and balconies, the building is absolutely fireproof. Noticed on the top left of the photo, the theatre was furbished with air-conditioning in the 1940s. A photo from the #projectcapitol series by @jmhu #capitoltheatre #capitoltheatresg #capitolcinema #shawbuilding #capitolbuilding #singapore #igsg #sgig #igsinga #mobilephotography #instagramsg #iphonesia #streetphotography #mobiledocumentary #iphoneography #blackandwhite #mono #bw #theatre #cinema #lostplaces #iphone4s #igers #sgigers 2y

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jmhu 8. A photo that resonates strongly with my digital identity, the last three digits of my mobile number, which has been with me for eleven years. This theatre must have enjoyed dishing out pure entertainment without the invasion of mobile disruption, unlike what all theatres faced now. It has also escaped the threat of video privacy. How things have changed so much in 50 years. A photo from the #projectcapitol series by @jmhu #capitoltheatre #capitoltheatresg #capitolcinema #shawbuilding #capitolbuilding #singapore #igsg #sgig #igsinga #mobilephotography #instagramsg #iphonesia #streetphotography #mobiledocumentary #iphoneography #blackandwhite #mono #bw #theatre #cinema #lostplaces #iphone4s #igers #sgigers 2y
  •   crosspie Lovin this series, jm! 2y
  •   jmhu Thanks manda! A few more to go. :) it was scary to sneak in but she was really a beauty to behold. A real pity. Let's hope the restoration turns out well. @crosspie 2y
  •   filmr Omg .... My memories 2y

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jmhu 7. The seats were supplied by Heywood-Wakefield Co. of New York, a firm whose well-known product has been installed in the Roxy Theatre, New York, the Regal Theatre, London and other leading cinemas. A photo from the #projectcapitol series by @jmhu #capitoltheatre #capitoltheatresg #capitolcinema #shawbuilding #capitolbuilding #singapore #igsg #sgig #igsinga #mobilephotography #instagramsg #iphonesia #streetphotography #mobiledocumentary #iphoneography #blackandwhite #mono #bw #theatre #cinema #lostplaces #iphone4s #igers #sgigers 2y
  •   wynnism To be honest, I would have been too scared to go in to shoot.... 2y
  •   jmhu Lol! @wynnism it was fun. ;) 2y

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jmhu 6. One of the pair of maidens on white unicorns. They were not part of the original interior and were added later, to the beauty of Capitol Cinema. A photo from the #projectcapitol series by @jmhu #capitoltheatre #capitoltheatresg #capitolcinema #shawbuilding #capitolbuilding #singapore #igsg #sgig #igsinga #mobilephotography #instagramsg #iphonesia #streetphotography #mobiledocumentary #iphoneography #blackandwhite #mono #bw #theatre #cinema #lostplaces #iphone4s #igers #sgigers 2y

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jmhu 5. Designed by the Shanghai-based Keys and Dowdeswell, the building is a landmark in the Civic and Cultural district. Its neo-classic colonnades and wide overhang lend a glorious charm to this beautiful building. A photo from the #projectcapitol series by @jmhu #capitoltheatre #capitoltheatresg #capitolcinema #shawbuilding #capitolbuilding #singapore #igsg #sgig #igsinga #mobilephotography #instagramsg #iphonesia #streetphotography #mobiledocumentary #iphoneography #blackandwhite #mono #bw #theatre #cinema #lostplaces #iphone4s #igers #sgigers 2y

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jmhu 4. The Namazie brothers, a Persian family, built the Capitol Theatre and the accompanying four-storey building. It sits on the site of the 19th century Dutch Hotel, Van Wyke. A photo from the #projectcapitol series by @jmhu #capitoltheatre #capitoltheatresg #capitolcinema #shawbuilding #capitolbuilding #singapore #igsg #sgig #igsinga #mobilephotography #instagramsg #iphonesia #streetphotography #mobiledocumentary #iphoneography #blackandwhite #mono #bw #theatre #cinema #lostplaces #iphone4s #igers #sgigers 2y

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jmhu 3. The cinema itself was colossal with 1,686 seats. The massive screen towered between the two floors of the cinema. It also had the largest projection room at that time. A photo from the #projectcapitol series by @jmhu #capitoltheatre #capitoltheatresg #capitolcinema #shawbuilding #capitolbuilding #singapore #igsg #sgig #igsinga #mobilephotography #instagramsg #iphonesia #streetphotography #mobiledocumentary #iphoneography #blackandwhite #mono #bw #theatre #cinema #lostplaces #iphone4s #igers #sgigers 2y

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jmhu 2. Capitol Theatre, later known as Capitol Cinema, located at the junction of Stamford Road and North Bridge Road, is of neo-classical architecture. It was completed in 1930 and served as a theatre until the 1940s when the Shaw Organisation turned it into a cinema. #projectcapitol #capitoltheatre #capitoltheatresg #capitolcinema #shawbuilding #capitolbuilding #singapore #igsg #sgig #igsinga #mobilephotography #instagramsg #iphonesia #streetphotography #mobiledocumentary #iphoneography #blackandwhite #mono #bw #theatre #cinema #lostplaces #iphone4s #igers #sgigers 2y

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jmhu 1. “Tonight sees the opening of the new Capitol Theatre, Singapore – an epoch-making event in the history of the theatrical and cinema world of Malaya” – The exact opening in The Straits Times, 22 May 1930. #projectcapitol #capitoltheatre #capitoltheatresg #capitolcinema #shawbuilding #capitolbuilding #singapore #igsg #sgig #mobilephotography #instagramsg #iphonesia #streetphotography #mobiledocumentary #iphoneography #blackandwhite #mono #blackandwhite #bw #theatre #cinema #lostplaces 2y

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