Capitol Civic Centre

913 S. Eighth Street,
Manitowoc, WI 54220

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Capitol TheaterĀ© Manitowoc WI

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Opened in 1921, the Capitol Theatre was originally a venue for vaudeville and movies, later turning to movies only. The theater was closed in 1987 but later restored and reopened later that same year as the Capitol Civic Centre. The Capitol now hosts live stage entertainment and other various performing arts.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 21, 2006 at 10:32 pm

Here is a 1964 ad from the Manitowoc Daily Herald:
http://tinyurl.com/ykayze

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 12, 2007 at 11:54 am

This is a recent close-up photo of the Capitol Civic Center.

spectrum
spectrum on October 20, 2007 at 1:45 pm

According to the 1936 AFY Yearbook, the Capitol seats 1,350.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 7, 2008 at 10:23 pm

Some photos can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 2, 2009 at 1:28 am

The year given for this photo is 1979.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on April 16, 2010 at 1:44 am

Although I am not sure if there is still a screen at the Capitol, there is still a projector and platter system in the booth. However, I doubt it is still functional. I know the Strand used to go to the Capitol for spare parts when their stuff would break down. There was also a trailer for “Crocodile Dundee 2” amoung the debris in the projection booth. Given that movie’s release date (May 1988), it might still be there from the active days of the theatre.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on October 5, 2010 at 1:21 am

(Manitowoc Herald-Times, Wednesday, March 28, 1951)
A Challenge to Parents
Vandalism of Teen Agers in Theaters, Buses Gets Worse
How can youthful vandalism in theaters , buses and public places be curbed in Manitowoc?
This is the question now confronting law enforcement officials as a result of continued depredations, which are getting worse instead of better. The damage is running into the hundreds of dollars.
Worst instances of the acts of teen agers have been in two Manitowoc theaters, the Capitol and Strand. Seats have been cut open, initials carved in walls, and sides cluttered up with initials and markings with red lipstick.
Manager R. S. Guiterman of the Capitol estimates that in the last five months over 150 seats have been damaged. Some are almost beyond repair. Repair bills run in excess of $3 a seat.
At the Strand almost as many seats have been damaged along with deep gashes cut into the side walls with sharp instruments. Even the rest rooms are not immune. Conditions have become so bad in the movie theaters that the management is considering discontinuing the use of student tickets. By these tickets the students gain admission to theaters at a reduced price. Making the teenagers pay full fare, managers believe, might tend to stop this vandalism . Those who pay the full price for a movie usually go there to see the picture and not to cause damage.
The rear wall on the mezzatiine floor of the Capitol theater is an example of the lengths gone to by the teen agers to mark up the painted wall. Some of the markings are so high on the wall those guilty must have stood on the seats to do their marking. Bright red lipstick was the principal item used to mark up the walls.
New pushback seats in the Strand were the particular target of the pranksters. Many of the seats are so bad they cannot be used and will have to be replaced with new seats. Real problem, of course, is to catch the guilty persons in the act of vandalism. Ushers patrolling the aisles are not able to detect the guilty ones.
Closing off the mezzanine and balcony of the theaters is one proposal but in nights when there are big crowds, particularly during the week end, this also poses a problem.
Parents might be the answer. They might do a little detective work right at home and find out if their sons and daughters went to the theaters to see the movies or to work havoc to the furnishings.

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on March 18, 2013 at 8:21 pm

The new marquee in 1949: http://www.boxoffice.com/the_vault/issue_page?issue_id=1949-5-7&page_no=118#page_start

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