Update on the Capitol Theatre

Exterior of the Capitol Theatre, pre-renovation.
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 92-year-old building in 2008 as part of an overall plan to rejuvenate the downtown area.

Exterior Capitol Theatre, post-renovation.
Photo courtesy of Creative Contractors.

The newly renovated Capitol Theatre is managed and operated by Ruth Eckerd Hall. The 750 seat Mediterranean-Revival performance space, which opened in grand style in December 2013, is now host to small-to-medium sized professional productions while leaving room to showcase local contemporary dance, theatre, jazz, and chamber music.


The interior of the theatre remains much the same, preserving its fantastic sightlines and acoustically perfect sound. 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 General Manager. "We worked with structural engineer Justin Duncan [of McCarthy and Associates, Inc.] to help lay out the new steel." The upgrade in theatre equipment allows The Capitol to provide the Clearwater community with dynamic programming that will keep the venue relevant and competitive.


Brand new single purchase counterweight system.
In addition to the single-purchase counterweight system, InterAmerica Stage, Inc. also provided curtain track, balcony box drapes, and a custom valance and legs for the proscenium.


Architect: Steve Fowler of Fowler Associates Architects
Consulting Engineers: McCarthy and Associates, Inc.
Contractors: Creative Contractors
Drapery Manufacturer: InterAmerica Stage, Inc.
Stage Rigging Contractor: InterAmerica Stage, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Justin Duncan of McCarthy and Associates, Inc.