Please note that location entries may feature older photos or post card views that may not represent the current appearance, features, addresses, phone numbers, or contact names of the attraction. This site is intended to be a historical as well as current record of various attractions but it is not always possible to have up-to-date information due to the vast number of locations featured here. We ask you consult the propietor for current information.
I visited the Millington Historical Society on June 25, 2022 and the nice folks there filled me in on the theater. It was directly across the street from the street next to the Speedway. A Dollar General Store sits on that lot (mainly the parking lot) so I am using that address for reference and mapping.
Source: Clayton E. Betzing
Actually the building started out before the turn of century as a Macabee's Hall, then a Opera Hall, and then a Theater. It was torn down in 1960. Millington - Arbela Historical Society Museum has some of the old theater seats in the museum as well as old pictures. It is located on M-15 open on Fridays and Saturdays 12 to 2 pm or call me for a tour. C. Betzing 871-9956.
Source: Andy Gray
The Capitol Theatre on State Road in Millington, was one of at least six theaters with that name in Michigan. My grandfather's Johnson Construction Company remodeled the Capitol in 1939 or 1940. For our family, the most notable aspect of the Capitol Theatre project is that it was where our mom first met her future husband. Dad was working on the theater when Al Johnson took our fifteen-year-old mom and her younger sister with him on a jobsite visit. The rest, you could say, is "Michigan history." Al Johnson's November 1948 color slide shows that an addition, most likely the lobby and concession area, has been built onto the front of the older wood-framed structure. It's not known what additional interior work might have been done to the opera hall/theater at that time.