The 10-month renovation of the Capitol Theatre that kicked off earlier this week is aimed at helping to revitalize downtown Clearwater.
Will it work?
Performing arts guru Zev Buffman, who attended Tuesday's groundbreaking, thinks so. Buffman said when it's completed in 2013, the remodeled theater will draw thousands of arts patrons downtown.
The 1921-built Capitol Theatre, once an entertainment mecca, fell into years of disrepair before a 2009 partnership with Ruth Eckerd Hall helped draw sold-out shows, events and concerts. Officials hope the renovation project, coupled with other improvement projects, will lead to a renaissance for the downtown district.
Some Patch readers also have high hopes for the project.
"SO EXCITING!" commented Clearwater Patch Facebook fan Jerri Menaul on a post about the groundbreaking.
Patch reader GP posted on a story last year that it's "great to see some life in Clearwater! I hope they can keep bringing people in."
What do you think? Will a renovated Capitol Theatre help bring more people and improvements to downtown Clearwater? Post a comment below and join the conversation.
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