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Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts


Address: 122 E Main St
City: Owosso State: MI Zip: 48867 Phone: (989) 723-4003  
County: Shiawassee
Notes: AKA Capitol Theatre
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Open: 1925 Closed: Capacity:    
Owner: Butterfield Theatres
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 7551
 
 

8/19/2015 - Mark Van Epps
The theater, showing mostly live events, has been reopened since 2013. It is home to Owosso Community Players and The Shiawassee Chamber Orchestra.
1/6/2011 - Renee
Currently Re-build.
3/20/2007 - Jason LeBrasseur
There is a good 17 minute video of the fire damage here: http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=gju6f8e_D1M The newspapers said that the fire-protection worked, the safety curtain falling, and smoke vents opening in the stage house. Please, if you can, support these guys any way you can. I have a couple friends who volunteer there, and from what I hear, they are determined to rebuild.

It was a beautiful theater, and everyone I have spoken to in the town wishes for it to be restored to its former glory. The fire has been determined arson, and there is currently an investigation into the situation. I volunteer right across the river from the theater at the Steam Railroading Institute, and have been keeping a close eye on what has been going on over there.

2/14/2007 - ABC12.com
The historic Joseph Lebowsky Theater in Owosso burned Tuesday night, as firefighters fought snow and cold in hopes of containing the fire. One witness said smoke was billowing from the inside of the building. The theater has undergone several transformations over the years. Most recently, the Owosso Community Players teamed up with Home Depot to renovate the building. Those involved with the theater and the people who performed there are having trouble comprehending the loss.

It's very numbing to me. I can't feel anything right now, said former theater board member Paul Kuhlman. It's a sad day, a very sad day. It was a place in the community for people to gather.

It gave people a chance to meet people they would never meet - where a doctor could work next to someone who worked at Wal Mart in a play and everyone was equally important, said Mardie Hornus, another former theater board member. It's just a special thing for a community to have a gem like this, not to mention it was a 1926 theater. It was a beautiful building.

2/14/2007 - Scott Reed
WJRT is reporting that the theater caught fire tonight (2/13/07). No reports on damage yet, although the headline says it 'burned down' and a witness reports seeing smoke billowing out of the building.
2/13/2003 - Michigans Historic Sites Online
The Capitol Theatre is a large, rectangular, gable-roofed, Romanesque Revival brick and limestone-trimmed building, accented by serrated round arch brick decoration at its front and side facade, and is fronted by a square, terra cotta trimmed front pavilion. The present marquee and the application of first story enameled tiles are the result of a 1952 remodeling. The Capitol Theatre is the work of theater architect George J. Bachman of Flint and recalls the business enterprise of merchant Joseph H. Lebowski, who constructed the theater and brought commercial prosperity to Owossos West End area in the 1920s.

Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts - AS THE CAPITOL
AS THE CAPITOL
Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts - RECENT PIC
RECENT PIC
Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts - POST CARD
POST CARD
Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts - LEBOWSKY FIRE 021407 ARGUS PRESS FROM GARY FLINN
LEBOWSKY FIRE 021407 ARGUS PRESS FROM GARY FLINN
Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts - DEMO FROM GARY FLINN
DEMO FROM GARY FLINN
Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts - LEBOWSKY DRAWING OF PROPOSED REFURB FROM GARY FLINN
LEBOWSKY DRAWING OF PROPOSED REFURB FROM GARY FLINN
Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts - AFTER FIRE
AFTER FIRE
Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts - DEMO FROM GARY FLINN
DEMO FROM GARY FLINN

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