Capitol Theatre Opens in Capital Style

Capitol Theatre Rendering

The Capitol Theatre, located in Clearwater, is one of the oldest operational theatres in the state of Florida. Established in 1921, the Capitol Theatre started out as a vaudeville theater and movie house. The city of Clearwater purchased the building in 2008 as part of an overall plan to rejuvenate downtown.

Because the building was not originally designed to support a rigging system, "a steel structure had to be built inside the stage house to support the system," says John Gitzy, IAStage's GM. "We worked with structural engineer Justin Duncan [of McCarthy and Associates, Inc.] to help lay out the new steel."

The interior of the theatre remains much the same, preserving its fantastic sightlines and acoustically perfect sound. In addition to the single-purchase counterweight system, IAStage provided curtain track, balcony box drapes, as well as a custom valance and legs for the proscenium.

Architect: Steve Fowler, of Fowler Associates Architects
Consulting Engineers: McCarthy and Associates, Inc.