104 S. Main Street,
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Capitol Theatre, Greeneville (Official)
Previously operated by: Crescent Amusement Co.
Firms: Marr & Holman
Functions: Live Performances
Styles: Art Deco
Built for Crescent Amusement Co. of Nashville, TN., the architects were Thomas Marr and Joseph W. Holman of architectural firm Marr & Holman. The Art Deco style theatre opened in 1934 with 800 seats and was managed by Harry Beekner.
The Capitol Theatre was the center for entertainment until Mr. Beekner passed away in 1974. At that time Mr. & Mrs. Claude Day and Buddy Rose reopened the theatre in 1974. The Days continued operating the theatre until Mr. Days death in 1990.
Rumors were that the owner of the building, Margaret Parks, wanted to sell the building to the city. It would be demolished and made into a parking lot.
Main Street Greeneville bought the theatre and it was deeded to the Little Theatre of Greeneville. They needed to raise funds to completely renovate the theatre as part of the deed agreement. Renovations ran 2.2 million and nine months later the theatre was complete.
The new Capitol Theatre re-opened on May 15, 2002. The Little Theatre Co. of Greeneville presents live performances at the newly renovated theatre. Seating is listed at 132 on the main floor and 230 in the balcony for a total seating capacity of 352.
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