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 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
TLSLOEWS on June 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

Thats good news.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Really clean and nice looking marquee.

steelbeard1
steelbeard1 on June 17, 2011 at 4:13 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 5:43 am

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm

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

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on March 14, 2013 at 7:41 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 5:07 pm

Reconstruction of the theater’s interior is finally underway.

steelbeard1
steelbeard1 on May 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm

The reconstruction is finally completed. http://www.abc12.com/story/25432667/renovations-now-complete-at-lebowsky-center-after-2007-fire

steelbeard1
steelbeard1 on May 5, 2014 at 6:53 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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