Joseph H. Lebowsky Center

122 E. Main Street,
Owosso, MI 48867

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Lebowsky Center

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The Capitol Theatre was originally a 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 have for now moved their performances to Owosso Middle School.

In 2009, work began rebuilding and restoring the theatre.

Contributed by Gary Flinn

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DonLewis
DonLewis on October 20, 2009 at 8:50 pm

A postcard depicting Owosso’s Capitol Theatre from the early 1940s.

Don…

steelbeard1
steelbeard1 on June 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

No arrest has been made yet regarding the arsonist. In the meantime, the theater is being rebuilt.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Thats good news.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 28, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Really clean and nice looking marquee.

steelbeard1
steelbeard1 on June 17, 2011 at 7:13 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
steelbeard1 on June 15, 2012 at 8:43 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 12:48 am

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

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on March 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm

NORTHWEST TRAIL had its world premiere at the Capitol in late 1945: http://www.boxoffice.com/the_vault/issue_page?issue_id=1946-1-12&page_no=119#page_start

steelbeard1
steelbeard1 on April 1, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Reconstruction of the theater’s interior is finally underway.

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