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15-million dollar boost for Flint's historic Capitol Theatre

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Efforts to renovate Flint’s historic Capitol Theatre have received a $15 million boost from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Mott awarded the grant to the Flint Cultural Center Foundation, a supporting organization of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation (FCCC). The funds will support efforts to restore and preserve the distinctive architecture of the theater, while updating it with cutting-edge technology and modern amenities.

“This is a big step toward assuring the return of the Capitol Theatre to its former, fully operational glory,” said Jarret M. Haynes, executive director of The Whiting, a member organization of the FCCC. “The support from the Mott Foundation will allow us to transition the project from the concept and design phase to implementation.”

As WNEM reported earlier this month, The Whiting and Uptown Reinvestment Corporation (URC), a non-profit organization that focuses on revitalization projects, announced they had acquired the building. The two organizations are collaborating to return the Capitol to its place as a driving force in Flint’s arts and culture scene. URC will lead the redevelopment of the venue, while The Whiting will serve as its operator and presenter.  

In addition to the grant from Mott, the project has received $4 million from The Hagerman Foundation and $5.5 million from the state of Michigan through its Community Revitalization Program. Renovations are expected to take 14 to 16 months. While some performances may occur in the late summer or early fall of 2017, the grand reopening of the theater — with a full slate of performances — is currently planned for late 2017 or early 2018.

“A restored and reactivated Capitol Theatre will bring exciting shows to our community, bolster Flint’s reputation as a place where residents and visitors can enjoy the arts, and contribute to the city’s resurgence,” said Ridgway White, Mott Foundation president. “We’re pleased to support a project that has so much potential to create economic opportunity while also enhancing quality of life.” 

A free community event at the Capitol will kick off the renovation efforts. The public is invited to enjoy entertainment and refreshments, see design concepts and tour the facility in its current condition. The event will be held on Thursday, July 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Capitol Theatre is located at 140 E. 2nd St. in Flint, Michigan.

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