The Capitol Theater Opened Its Doors 100 Years Ago Today!
The Capitol Theatre opened its doors for the first time on November 10, 1916. Leather furniture with mushroom air holes under each chair provided a comfortable and quiet motion-picture experience. The theater screen was made of gold-fiber, a modern answer to the problem of flickering on older screens. Admission was fifteen cents. The Cox Capitol Theatre became the first public venue to offer air conditioning.
In 1976 the Capitol Theatre closed its doors and was neglected for thirty years, soaking up rain water from a hole in the roof, sometimes serving various organizations, but never living up to the potential for which it had been originally built and for which it originally served – entertaining the citizens of Middle Georgia in a unique and grand style.
A man named Tony Long had a vision for downtown Macon, Georgia. He led a group of people and launched a $1.2 million renovation to restore the Cox Theatre. The journey that restored the dignity of this magnificent theatre began in 2003 and culminated when the Capitol Theatre reopened its doors as Cox Capitol Theatre in 2006. Since that time, the theatre has become a cornerstone in the revitalization effort of downtown Macon and is once again a symbol of community, operating as a multi-purpose entertainment venue.
In 2013, The Moonhanger Group – owners of downtown dining favorite The Rookery and acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant Dovetail – entered a long-term management agreement with the Theatre.
Take a virtual tour of the Capitol Theatre HERE