Flint — A historic theatre in Michigan has opened for the first time in 20 years after a $37 million renovation.
The Flint Journal reports that the 90-year-old Capitol Theatre in Flint reopened Thursday.
“It’s going to reintroduce Flint to a whole new generation of people who haven’t thought of (the city) in a positive light in a long time,” said Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley. “What was old has turned into something new and exciting.”
Nonprofits The Whiting and Uptown Reinvestment Corp. announced plans to renovate the 1,600-seat theatre in 2015. The Whiting will oversee the facility’s operations, programing and marketing. Uptown was in charge of redevelopment and restoration.
The general layout of the theatre remains the same but has been modernized, said Jarret Haynes, the executive director at The Whiting. The theatre now includes more advanced lighting and technology capabilities, he said.
“There should be just enough restoration aspects so that as people come in, there will be visual cues that will evoke their memories from the theatre prior — whether that be a first date, their first show with their grandchildren or a movie they saw from the balcony,” Haynes said. “And they should also be able to look around and say, “Wow, that’s modern.’”
The renovation also added 25,000 square feet of office and retail space.
The theatre was built in the Italian Renaissance style. One ceiling is styled after the outer vestibule of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the interior walls recreate views of buildings that evoke old Italy.