140 E. 2nd Street,
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The Capitol Theatre opened January 19, 1928, and was built for the W.S. Butterfield chain and had 1,951 seats.
The Capitol Theatre has an exterior design in a 15th-century Hispano-Italian style, with the Atmospheric style auditorium designed to resemble a Roman courtyard. The Capitol Theatre was closed to movies in 1976. It hosted concerts from the late-1970’s, with the likes of AC/DC, Ray Charles, John Mellencamp, Mel Tillis, Primus, Rage Against the Machine and Black Sabbath. appearing. It closed around 1996 and stood unused for the next 20 years.
In mid-2016 the Capitol Theatre was purchased by Uptown Investment Corp. and Whiting Co. who did a $21,000,000 plus renovation/restoration of the Capitol Theatre as a Performing Arts Center which opened December 8, 2017 with a free concert named “A Classy Brassy Christmas and More” featuring the Flint Symphony Orchestra’s Brass & Byrd Consort. The physical plant was completely modernized with all the historically significant architecture preserved and restored. The restored performing arts center seats 1,600.
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