FLINT – In a little more than a year, Flint’s historic Capitol Theatre should be re-opening its doors to the public, thanks in part to a $4 million grant from the Hagerman Foundation. Also, residents will be able to tour the theater during a special event scheduled for July 21 at 4:30 p.m. under the theater marquee.
The Whiting, a member organization of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation (FCCC), today announced a leadership gift of $4 million from the Hagerman Foundation for the restoration of Flint’s historic Capitol Theatre. Part of the Revival & Renewal Campaign for Live Performing Arts, the donation will support The Whiting’s and Uptown Reinvestment Corporation’s (URC) initiative to renovate, revitalize and reopen the Capitol Theatre.
“This leadership grant for the restoration of the Capitol Theatre by the Hagerman Foundation is critical to moving this important project forward, and illustrates, once again, the tremendous support and commitment the Hagerman’s have shown to our city,” said Jarret M. Haynes, Executive Director of the Whiting in announcing the gift. Haynes, was joined by Foundation founders Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman, Foundation Executive Director Becky Forester, and Flint Cultural Center Corporation Chairman Jeremy Piper.
“We are proud to be recipients of this contribution, and prouder still to be able, through this gift, to plan and provide our community with the highest quality live performing arts experiences in what will be a fantastically renovated, state-of-theart venue,” said Haynes.
The project, which is being undertaken through a partnership between The Whiting and URC, will see the theatre fully restored as part of a 14- to 16-month renovation project. The full cost of the project is estimated at $27 million, and additional announcements regarding funding will be forthcoming, Haynes said.
“The restoration, and reopening, of this venue in the heart of our City is an initiative that Jocelyn and I are delighted to support. We are confident that the revitalization of this theatre will be another step forward in the growth of downtown Flint,” said Phil Hagerman. “The innovative partnership between The Whiting and URC, and their entrepreneurial approach to the entire project provides us with confidence in the success and sustainability of this effort going forward.”
FCCC Board Chair Jeremy Piper noted the positive impact that this project will have on cultural and business activity throughout the city and region.
“The FCCC is fully committed to this project and we look forward to supporting the work of The Whiting, one of our member organizations,” Piper said. “Engaged cultural organizations are so important to a thriving and growing community, and we at the FCCC embrace that role and are honored by the trust and confidence our community has shown us.”
Project representatives also announced a community event, with entertainment, to unveil the design concepts and tour the facility in its current condition on July 21st beginning at 4:30 p.m.