Capitol Theatre Renovation Campaign Gets $10,000 Donation
Maxwell Drever, general partner selling Waters Edge condominiums, donated $10,000 to the Capitol Theatre renovation campaign.
There were promises to bring more and better acts and to improve the facilities at the more than 90 year old movie house.
Since that time there have been 34 sold out shows, 226 events and concerts with more than 60 planned for this year.
And just this week the renovation fund got a donation moving it $10,000 closer to completion.
Maxwell Drever, seller of Water’s Edge condos, gave $10,000 to the Capitol Theatre renovation fund. The donation was presented to Zev Buffman, president of Ruth Eckerd Hall Sunday.
“Just one year ago all of this appeared to be but a pipe dream,” Buffman said in a press release. “But it is here, it’s real and it is movin’.”
The Capitol Theatre was built in 1921 and is one of the oldest operating theatres in the state of Florida.
Sen. John Taylor had the movie house built during the city's first boom. Movies ran throughout the week and vaudeville performances were Friday night.
The city designated the structure a historical landmark in 2009, the first by the city.
Renovation plans include incorporating the adjacent Lokey building, which will eventually be converted into a grand lobby, concession areas, and restrooms for the theatre which would then be able to seat 655.
“Our vision at Ruth Eckerd Hall is for the Capitol Theatre to be the crown jewel of Cleveland Street and the anchor of downtown Clearwater”, Buffman said in a press release. “Not only with the renovation that is planned, but also in presenting a wide variety of performances – include all genres of music, plays and festivals.”