Historic Capri Theatre in Montgomery Set to Re-Open in April
The longest, continually operated movie theater in Alabama is set to re-open it’s doors by April. The Capri Theatre in Montgomery closed it’s doors back in December to undergo an $800,000 renovation. The money for the renovations was raised through donations.
The Capri first opened it’s doors in 1941 and has only undergone one major renovation since then, in 1962. A few years ago, a capital improvement campaign allowed the theater to purchase a state of the art digital projector. The latest project will drastically change the layout of the inside of the Capri.
However, those plans were put on hold once it was discovered the original acoustic plaster on the walls contained asbestos. Efforts to remove the asbestos from affected areas delayed renovation plans for over a month. Now that those plans are underway again, workers are picking up steam to get the work done.
Among some of the biggest changes moviegoers will notice will start in the lobby. The old concession stand will be removed. That in turn, will allow for the lobby’s space to increase. The concession stand will now be moved up the stairs to the area beneath the balcony. Approximately 100 seats beneath the balcony have been removed and a new wall will be installed to separate the concession area and new restrooms from the theater.
Beyond the new concession and bathroom area, new wiring will replace the existing, outdated wiring in the building. Also, a brand new heating and cooling system will be installed. Add in a new coat of paint and carpet and moviegoers should experience a much different setting than they knew before. However, theater officials hope it will maintain the old charm the Capri has shown all these years.
Currently, there are plans to re-open the Capri’s doors by April, barring any future delays. However, once the doors re-open there will still be a few weeks of construction work left to do.
For more information visit the Capri online or on Facebook.