Capital Theatre Celebrates Grand Reopening With Casablanca Showing

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Capitol Theatre, once a silent film and vaudeville house, has undergone a $7.5 million renovation and is reopening as a three-screen, state-of-the-art, all-digital cinema, with a 3-D projection system in the main auditorium. It will feature art and independent films as well as quality Hollywood movies.

WHAT: Grand reopening of the Capitol Theatre, followed by a free screening of Casablanca .

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Friday, October 2.

WHERE: The Capitol Theatre, on West 65th Street , just north of Detroit Avenue .

WHO: Gov. Ted Strickland; Mayor Frank G. Jackson; Ward 17 Councilman Matt Zone ; Jeffrey M. Ramsey, executive director, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization; Joy Roller, executive director, Gordon Square Arts District; other heroes and champions.

THE CELEBRATION CONTINUES: Celebrations for the grand reopening of the Capitol Theatre span 11 days, starting with a $250-per-person red carpet gala Oct. 1 to benefit the Gordon Square Arts District. "A Capitol Evening," an opening night party, is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 2.

The celebration will continue through Oct. 11 with a full movie schedule, special film showings, giveaways and promotions. (A full schedule is available at <> and at <>.)

Its renovation is one of five anchor projects in the Gordon Square Arts District, a new arts and entertainment destination in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.

The Gordon Square Arts District is on a roll. Last Saturday (Sept. 26), city officials and others dedicated another anchor project - a $3.5 million streetscape makeover that transforms a portion of Detroit Avenue into a hip, pedestrian-friendly district, with wider sidewalks, artist-designed benches and pavers, trees, new lighting and bike racks.

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