Joseph H. Lebowsky Center

122 E. Main Street,
Owosso, MI 48867

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The restored Lebowsky Center

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The Capitol Theatre was originally a 1,200-seat vaudeville house when it opened in 1926, and later turned to movies only. It closed as a movie theater in 1985.

After a brief period when it was home to a church, it was taken over by the Owosso Players for live theatrical performances.

The current name of the theater is in honor of the theater’s builder, Joseph Lebowsky, whose family owned the theater.

On February 13, 2007, an arson fire caused massive damage to the Lebowsky Center. The Owosso Players moved their performances to Owosso Middle School. In 2009, work began rebuilding and restoring the theatre.

The Joseph H. Lebowsky Center reopened May 9, 2014 with a performance of “Shrek the Musical”.

Contributed by Gary Flinn

Recent comments (view all 40 comments)

TLSLOEWS on June 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Thats good news.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Really clean and nice looking marquee.

steelbeard1 on June 17, 2011 at 9:13 am

As part of the theater’s restoration, the OCP agreed to retain the red tiles and the 1950s marquee because that is part of the facade’s history.

steelbeard1 on June 15, 2012 at 10:43 am

Financing is now in place to allow for the interior of this theater to be restored.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 30, 2012 at 2:48 am

The correct spelling of the architect’s surname is Bachmann.

BobFurmanek on March 15, 2013 at 12:41 am

NORTHWEST TRAIL had its world premiere at the Capitol in late 1945:

steelbeard1 on April 1, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Reconstruction of the theater’s interior is finally underway.

steelbeard1 on May 5, 2014 at 11:39 pm

The reconstruction is finally completed.

steelbeard1 on May 5, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Please change the seating capacity of the Lebowsky Center to 550. The reason for the reduced capacity is an enlarged lobby and more leg room with the new stadium seating.

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