330 W. Third Street,
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The Capitol Theatre, typical of most movie palaces, began life in 1920 as a mixed use vaudeville and movies theater, and later began showing movies only.
On each side of the main floor auditorium, which originally sat 2,500, it featured alcoves containing a grand piano on one side and a harp on the other. It also had a working Wicks pipe organ, which was maintained by the Theatre Organ Society. On the walls in the lobby, foyer, and upstairs were paintings, which were retouched in the late-1960’s.
In the early-1970’s, the theater switched to Spanish language films. During the 1980’s, it was also used as a Christian Center. From 1990 to 1994, it was a concert hall for country, jazz, and small touring acts, and then for local productions of ballet, community, and college theater.
Recently, Scott Community College was endowed with the building that includes the Capitol Theatre. It was used as a non-profit rental hall for concerts, theater, lectures, etc., but was closed in the Fall of 2010.
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