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Capitol Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Butterfield Theaters
Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson
News About This Theater
- Dec 22, 2013 — The Capitol Theatre is protected for the implosion of Genesee Towers a block away
- Aug 26, 2013 — Capitol Theatre renovations force The Spencer Agency to move
- May 15, 2013 — Capitol Theatre approved for a $500,000 grant
- Feb 11, 2013 — Flint Fire & Ice Festival shows off Capitol Theatre restoration in progress
- Jun 26, 2012 — Capitol Theatre in line for tax breaks
- Nov 23, 2011 — Michael Moore talks about helping to organize restoration of Downtown Flint's Capitol Theatre
- Aug 1, 2010 — Michael Moore interested in refurbishing the Capitol Theatre
- Apr 28, 2010 — University of Michigan--Flint continues to eye the Capitol Theatre
- Aug 19, 2009 — Capitol Theatre Building gets high profile tenant
- Feb 10, 2009 — University of Michigan may make use of the Capitol Theatre
- Feb 26, 2008 — "Semi-Pro" holds gala premiere at the film's setting.
- Feb 7, 2008 — Capitol Theatre makes cameo in "Semi-Pro"
- May 18, 2007 — Capitol Theatre hopes for "Semi-Pro" world premiere
- May 3, 2007 — Capitol cameo update
- Apr 30, 2007 — Capitol marquee makes cameo
- Oct 21, 2004 — Capitol Theatre Canopy Gets Paint Test
- Oct 19, 2004 — Capitol Theatre Update
- Sep 28, 2004 — Capitol Theatre Gets Partial Exterior Restoration
- Sep 10, 2004 — Flint Capitol Theatre Update
- Sep 6, 2004 — Capitol Theatre Repairs Underway
- Mar 28, 2004 — Capitol Theatre Wins Approval for Masonry and Sign Repairs
The Capitol Theatre opened January 19, 1928, and was built for the W.S. Butterfield chain and had 1,951 seats. It was equipped with a Barton 3 manual 11 ranks organ which was opened by organist H. Fred Fuller.
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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