204 North Washington Avenue,
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The Capitol Theatre was located at 204 N. Washington Avenue and was managed by Butterfield Theatres of Detroit. It was originally the Theatorium which opened in 1912. It later became the Empress Theatre. It was renamed Capitol Theatre on August 6, 1922. In 1955, the building was owned by the Claude Cody estate. The manager at that time was Harry Hayden, who moved on to manage the Esquire Theatre at 122 E. Michigan Avenue. The Capitol Theatre had a second run policy or as we term it today, a cheap seat theatre.
The second run policy was now in place at the Esquire Theatre which had been closed for several months but was reopened with the closing of the Capitol Theatre and the Southtown Theatre in 1955. All three theatres were managed by the Butterfield Theatre Group.
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