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Capitol Theater


South side of E. South St., east of Burdick St.

Originally opened as the Majestic Theatre in 1907. Enlarged and reopened as the Capitol August 30, 1924.

Survived as a film house until December 4, 1976.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, 1931. Library of Congress.


Capital Theater on East South Street, 1936 (left) and 1962 (right).


Information originally compiled in 1995 by J.P. Jenks. Additional information was later added by library staff. Information compiled from Kalamazoo City Directory listings, details obtained in researching newspaper reports published at the time by the Kalamazoo Gazette and Kalamazoo Telegraph Press, Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, Kalamazoo County Warranty Deeds and numerous other sources.

Additional Resources


A History of Theater in Kalamazoo

Pixley, Jorge V., 1958
H 792 P694

Theater in Kalamazoo from 1860–1890

Johns, Marion, 1955
H 792 J65

Local History Room Files

Subject File: Theater

Subject File: Elite Theater

Subject File: Majestic Theater

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