Capitol Theater

138 E. South Street,
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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Previously operated by: W.S. Butterfield Theaters Inc.

Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson

Previous Names: Majestic Theater, Majestic Gardens Theater

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Capitol Theater

Opened on November 18, 1907 as the Majestic Theater, with 1,248 seats. It was re-named Majestic Gardens Theater in 1918. It was badly damaged by a fire in 1923. It was reopened on August 30, 1924 as the Capitol Theater with Noah Beery in “The Fighting Coward” & “The Chase”. It was equipped with an Anson Beal 11 ranks organ. It was closed in fall of 1976, and the building was demolished to make way for a parking garage.

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Patsy on June 8, 2005 at 8:21 pm

“The building was demolished to make way for a parking garage.” Shame!

JAlex on July 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm

According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, the theatre opened in 1907 as an early venture of W. S. Butterfield. Then known as the Majestic, the structure cost $45,000 and was built to seat 1240.

In 1923 fire swept the theatre, then known as Majestic Gardens. In 1924 the theatre reopened as the Capitol.

Theatre closed in the fall of 1976.

JAlex on June 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm

The name change from Majestic to Majestic Gardens occurred in November 1918.

atmos on September 6, 2012 at 5:39 am

Theatre opened 18 Nov 1907.

JAlex on December 2, 2019 at 9:33 am

Architect was John Eberson. Theatre not an atmospheric.

rivest266 on April 13, 2024 at 4:37 pm

Reopened as Capitol on August 30th, 1924. Grand opening ad posted.

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