Capitol Theater

138 E. South Street,
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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MAJESTIC (CAPITOL) Theatre; Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Opened on November 18, 1907 as the Majestic Theater, with 1,248 seats. It was re-named Majestic Gardens Theater in 1918. It was badly damaged by a fire in 1923, and reopened in 1924 having been renamed the Capitol Theater. It was closed in 1974, and the building was demolished to make way for a parking garage.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 16, 2004 at 5:01 pm

There are photos of this theater when it was known as the Majestic theater here:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 30, 2004 at 7:00 pm

The Capitol/Majestic Theater was built in 1906 by Col. Butterfield.

Patsy on June 8, 2005 at 8:21 pm

“The building was demolished to make way for a parking garage.” Shame!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 28, 2006 at 12:28 pm

Here is a 1930’s photo of the Capitol Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2007 at 9:26 am

A Barton theater organ size 3/11 was installed in the Capitol Theater in 1924.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm

This is a postcard view that shows the Majestic.

JAlex on July 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm

According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, the theatre opened in 1907 as an early venture of W. S. Butterfield. Then known as the Majestic, the structure cost $45,000 and was built to seat 1240.

In 1923 fire swept the theatre, then known as Majestic Gardens. In 1924 the theatre reopened as the Capitol.

Theatre closed in the fall of 1976.

JAlex on June 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm

The name change from Majestic to Majestic Gardens occurred in November 1918.

atmos on September 6, 2012 at 5:39 am

Theatre opened 18 Nov 1907.

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