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Sit Down and Drive-In

Does the smell of hot buttered popcorn make you wish you were at the movies?  For 82 years, generations of movie-goers fulfilled that wish by attending the Capitol Theatre at 204 Dundas Street in London, Ontario.  The Capitol opened on February 23rd, 1920 as the Allen Theatre, part of the first national chain of theatres in Canada, founded by Jay and Jules Allen in the late 1910s.  It became the Capitol in 1924 and closed ten years ago during the summer of 2002.

Movie-goers in London today can still enjoy movies in the Alle

From Books to Sewers

Did you know that London Public Library's first branch librarian, Francis "Frank" Caldwell Ball (1896-1961), ended his career as chief sewer engineer for the City of London?

From October 1915 to August 1920, Frank, earning $35 a month, was the librarian for the new East End Branch [now Carson Branch Library, named after former chief librarian, William Oliver Carson], then located in the former East London Town Hall at Dundas and Rectory streets.

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