The Capitol Theatre
405 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755
The Capitol Theatre has been a vital part of downtown Clearwater since its opening on March 31, 1921. The Clearwater News of March 17, 1921 described it as "one of the most beautifully finished playhouses in the South." Theater-goers were treated to a weeklong program of stars and comedians from the silent movie era as the event was kicked off with speeches from Frank Booth, then Mayor of Clearwater, and George Washburn, president of the Board of Trade. The theaters beautiful Mediterranean-Revival façade with its ornate parapets and arched entrances were the talk of the town in its day.
Today, the finishing touches have been placed on the Capitol Theatre, which also encompasses the 1917 Clearwater News Building to its west. The result is a magnificent Mediterranean-Revival gem, which promises to fuel downtown's resurgence and become, once again, the cultural and arts center that it once was.
The theater has expanded to 750 seats, including six private loge boxes, multiple concessions stands, a larger lobby, an outdoor balcony that wraps around the building overlooking the beautiful Clearwater causeway, a VIP room, Frenchy's rooftop terrace, ADA accessibility and much more.
*Frenchy's Rooftop Terrace is not a restaurant, rather a charitable naming opportunity. A few popular items from Frenchy's will be served during select shows
"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