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A Flint landmark reopens after a long renovation

Dec 9, 2017

Flint residents are celebrating the reopening of a downtown landmark.

The Capitol Theatre has been closed for nearly 20 years.

But thanks to a $37 million restoration, the theater is once again opening its doors.

It took $37 million to pay to fully renovate the theater, which opened in 1928.
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“What makes this building special actually is the connection that the community has had with it for nine decades,” says Jarret Haynes, the executive director of the Whiting theater, which will manage the Capitol Theatre.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver remembers standing in line at the Capitol to see the 70’s horror movie “Willard.”   She says the Capitol’s rebirth is an important of downtown Flint’s resurgence.

“It’s so important for people to see the revitalization of Flint,” says Weaver, “This is what recovery looks like.”

The Capitol Theater is just one of several multi-million dollar renovation projects in the heart of Flint’s downtown.