The Brenograph was one of many hallmarks attributed to the atmospheric theatre experience. The machine was used by theatres to project clouds over ceilings painted blue to simulate an “outdoor” effect.
In addition to the cutting-edge Brenograph effects, The Capitol incorporated other “low cost, highly visual” techniques to create an outdoor, medieval atmosphere for patrons to enjoy. A twilight sky, hanging vines, forest murals and castellated battlements added to the illusion and can still be found in the theatre today.
During the early years, the Capitol boasted two Brenograph Junior cloud projectors, each hidden from view behind foliage high up on the castle walls of the auditorium. The two motor driven units projected a slowly rotating series of images of clouds on the midnight blue plaster ceiling of the auditorium, completing the courtyard effect and creating an atmosphere where the audience waited like members of a royal court attending a command performance.
The Art Deco influence of the 1930s can be seen in the theatre’s paint colours, stencil work, furnishings, and fine details found in both the lobby and auditorium. During the theatre’s restoration period, a drive to preserve as much of the Art Deco style ensured that these depression-era elements were not lost.