Burlington’s Capitol to be renovated; will become performing arts center

posted by CSWalczak on September 24, 2010 at 10:44 am

BURLINGTON, IA — A block party was held recently held to raise funds for the renovations that will begin soon to transform the 1937 Capitol Theater and an adjacent building into a performing arts center. The event gave people a chance to visit the theater and reminisce before the interior demolition begins. The new center is expected to open in 2012.

nside the Capitol Theater, Burlington natives gazed with wide-eyed nostalgia as they recounted favorite movies from their childhoods. The walls were damaged and corroded, the movie theater seats ripped out long ago, but the magic was still there.

The nonprofit Capitol Theater Foundation recently received a $1 million state I-Jobs grant, but the group still needs to raise another $1 million from the community. The money will be used to rip out the interior of the theater and adjoining annex building, then completely renovate both buildings.

The full story can be found in the California Chronicle.

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