The Historic Capitol Theatre
405 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755
Constructed and established in 1921 as the Capitol Theatre (Royalty Theatre 1982-2008), this classic structure, complete with a large mezzanine and furnishings reminiscent of a classic Hollywood theater, is one of the oldest operating theatres in the state of Florida.
The Capitol Theatre reportedly had its beginnings as a vaudeville theater and movie house, and was once the home of famous headliners who displayed their legendary talents (making history in the process) on the polished wood planks of the Capitol's stage. In its hey-day, the walls of this famed theatre housed many of the best entertainers in the world.
The City of Clearwater and Ruth Eckerd Hall have joined forces to renovate and revitalize the historic Capitol Theatre located on downtown Clearwater's beautiful Cleveland Street. This project is part of the plan to re-energize downtown Clearwater, and the theatre is an integral part of the unique character of the area.
Plans also include renovation of the adjacent Lokey building, which will eventually be converted into a grand lobby, concession areas, and restrooms for the theatre. When completed, the 655-seat Capitol will become a venue at which Ruth Eckerd Hall will present all genres of live entertainment, including jazz, classical artists, pop music acts, film, dance and other diverse national, regional and local acts.
"First time I had ever been in the Capitol Theatre! ...Thank goodness you all are preserving history! As we were sitting there last night, I tried to imagine it as it was long ago...maybe Charlie Chaplin was the entertainer?!!- Debbie D., Circle of Stars member