FLINT — The curtain may soon rise again at this city’s historic Capitol Theatre, thanks to a new partnership that hopes to reintroduce area audiences to the iconic Flint landmark. The Whiting and its governing body, the Flint Cultural Center Corporation (FCCC), along with Uptown Reinvestment Corporation (URC) today announced plans for restoring the theatre to its former glory and returning it to operation in mid-2017.
Under the partnership, URC will spearhead the theatre’s redevelopment and restoration, while The Whiting manages its operations, programming and marketing.
With approval in place from the two organizations’ governing boards, The Whiting and URC are in the process of completing the due diligence evaluations and design work that will help guide the property’s redevelopment. The theatre, which first opened in 1928, will also be outfitted with state-of-theart production equipment.
“The new partnership reflects the unique ways that people and organizations can come together to help their communities move forward,” said URC President Tim Herman. “URC has a proven track record of development expertise, but wanted a strategic performing arts management partner to make The Capitol project a success. We believe The Whiting and the Flint Cultural Center Corporation is just that partner.”
Those involved in the partnership say The Whiting’s reputation for presenting high quality live performing arts, and The Capitol’s distinct architecture and downtown location will help spark new connections and opportunities within the local arts community.
“We have a rich history of presenting the best local, regional, national and international performing artists to audiences throughout mid-Michigan,” said Jarret M. Haynes, Executive Director of The Whiting. “The Capitol Theatre will allow us to broaden the spectrum of performing arts options for the region and allow many new and exciting possibilities.”
In addition, a fully restored and operational Capitol Theatre would contribute to Flint’s ongoing resurgence.— G.G.