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Capitol Theatre


Address: 140-42 E Second St
City: Flint State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Genesee
Notes: Historic Site
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Open: 1928 Closed: 1976 Capacity: 1900    
Owner: Butterfield Theatres
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 7170
 
 

7/23/2016 - Kenneth Sherman
Work has finally begun on the restoration of the Capitol. In 14-16 months we wil have an awesome new asset to our growing downtown. At a cost of 32 million dollars they are completely redoing the whole building and bringing back it's original grandeur. They are removing the plain 3rd story addition on the west side of the building and recreating the Terra Cotta on the roofline just like the remainder of the building. They are also recreating the coffered barrel ceiling in the lobby.

7/23/2016 - Dastardly Dan
The theater is now being restored with around $25 million in funding ($20 mil from private foundations, and another $5 mil from the state).
11/11/2010 - Bruce Brock
In the 1950s early 60's the Capitol was THE movie theater in Flint. As a boy I was thrilled with the atmospheric style that made one think they were outdoors in an Italian garden. The ceiling twinkled with stars. Dad told me that years before clouds were projected on the ceiling and moved about. The Capitol Theater organ was spectacular.

I think I was instrumental in having the organ played between shows and intermissions. What a beautiful place. Then they restored it sometime in the early 60s. They reopened the Capitol with Around the World in 80 Days.

The theater was more plain then. Everything was a shade of grey with much of the ornamental detail removed. But it was still a special place for some time. You have my VOTE to have U of M restore the Capitol to it's original state.

The theater organ was donated to U of M and is somewhere and is workable.
1/5/2010 - jake
I went to several concerts there in the Early 90''s. I saw Clutch open for like 4 different bands all at the Capitol. I saw Sepultura, Rob Halfords band fight among others. The place was pretty run down but it was plenty of great memories for me. I''m glad it hasn''t been torn down.

4/5/2009 - Melissa
I heard that this theatre is going to re-open soon after the renovation. I live in Burton, so I really don''t know how much they have renovated it yet. They say that they are working on these places in Flint, but they never really get going on them. I wish it would open.
6/24/2007 - Dan
I remeber watching local flint punk bands playing there in the mid 80''s to early 90''s. The place was starting to get run down but you could look through it and see the beauty it once was.
6/20/2007 - Paula
John R, The first time I ever heard about the Capitol Theater was in 1994, maybe 95. It was due to the fact that a one-hit wonder band was to play there. At that time and age, I knew nothing about downtown Flint, except where Longway Planetarium and the main Flint Public Library was located at. So I am pretty sure that concerts went on there.

1/23/2007 - Jon C.
Below is a link to the web page for the Paramount Theatre, which is in Anderson, IN. The Paramount is also a John Eberson theatre that was renovated, in the early 1990's, meticulously back to its original design. This place is unbelievable! The sky transforms from evening into night complete with twinkling stars! Hopefully the Capitol will see the same fate. http://www. andersonparamount.

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3/15/2006 - Ken Sherman
There is an interesting new website put up by the owners regarding the eventual restoration of the Capitol. There are some sweet pictures and a video. It is not finished yet but has been updated twice since I found out about it today. http://capitolrealtyholdings. com/theatre/.

2/7/2005 - John R.
If Flints Capitol Theater was closed in 1976, as stated, was it ever re-opened, showing living events, such as concerts? I remember going to see Alien Sex Fiend (80/90s gothic punk rock band) at The Capitol Theater in Flint back in 1992 just curious.
11/28/2004 - Ken Sherman
Things are looking up for the Capitol Theater. Recently, thatnks to $50,000 in matching funds by Flints Facade Restoration program, weather damaged brick was replaced on the outside of the building and the verticle part of the marquee was repainted. From what I understand they are looking into replacing the neon on the marquee alos if funds permit. I just wish they would remove that hideous third story addition on the wast side of the building.

2/18/2003 - Web
In the 1920s, two of the biggest names in entertainment came together, theater mogul W. S. Butterfield and architect John Eberson. Together they created a litany of classic theatres including the State Theatre in Kalamazoo, the Majestic in San Antonio, Texas Constellation, and Flints Capitol Theatre. The Capitol Theatre is an atmospheric type theatre whose interior design incorporates diverse Mediterranean architectural elements, executed on a grand scale.

The Capitol Theatre is an outstanding example of 1920s theater architecture and one that epitomizes the atmospheric theatre concept of its architecture. The Capitol was the seventy-fourth theatre in the Butterfield Theatre chain. At its completion in 1928, it was Flint’s largest theatre and among Butterfields most lavish. The Capitol Theatre is significant for its direct association with two of Americas foremost innovators in theatre management and design and for its grandiose architectural character.

The original program opening the Capitol Theatre began with this greeting: Welcome to the Capitol Theatre, a touch of Italy transferred in its seductive charms to the City of Flint. Here ancient culture and art rub shoulders with the ultra-modern art of the cinema. With a heavy handclasp, we bid you a cordial welcome and trust that the hours spent within the shrine of entertainment will be the means of making your days more joyful. It will even be our purpose to provide the best in music, photoplays and stage presentations of the ultra in the field variety.

The Capitol Theatres past and future destiny is truly a shrine of entertainment. This wonderful building has been recognized and is listed in the local, state, and national list of historic places. The current owners have perfectly preserved the property over the past twenty-two years and the time has come to restore this facility. It will serve as one of the channels to the revitalization of downtown Flint.

1/6/2003 - Cinema Treasures
Like many institutions in economically depressed Flint, the Capitol Theater is now closed. The Capitol is an atmospheric theater designed to resemble a Roman courtyard.
1/6/2003 - Cinema Tour
This theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
Capitol Theatre - BACK TO THE BRICKS CAR SHOW
BACK TO THE BRICKS CAR SHOW
Capitol Theatre - RECENT SHOT
RECENT SHOT
Capitol Theatre - RECENT PIC OF CAPITOL
RECENT PIC OF CAPITOL
Capitol Theatre - BACK TO THE BRICKS CAR SHOW
BACK TO THE BRICKS CAR SHOW
Capitol Theatre - ANOTHER ANGLE
ANOTHER ANGLE
Capitol Theatre - YET ANOTHER
YET ANOTHER
Capitol Theatre - ATMOSPHERIC AUDITORIUM
ATMOSPHERIC AUDITORIUM
Capitol Theatre - STAGE
STAGE
Capitol Theatre - ATMOSPHERIC AUDITORIUM
ATMOSPHERIC AUDITORIUM
Capitol Theatre - STAGE FROM BALCONY
STAGE FROM BALCONY
Capitol Theatre - OLD EXTERIOR SHOT
OLD EXTERIOR SHOT
Capitol Theatre - REMODELED MARQUEE 2005 FROM GARY FLINN
REMODELED MARQUEE 2005 FROM GARY FLINN
Capitol Theatre - OLD PIC FROM KARA TILOTSON
OLD PIC FROM KARA TILOTSON
Capitol Theatre - NEW MARQUEE 2007 FROM GARY FLINN
NEW MARQUEE 2007 FROM GARY FLINN

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