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Clearwater's renovated Capitol Theatre opens Wednesday

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The newly-renovated Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater opens Wednesday night for its first performance. The newly-renovated Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater opens Wednesday night for its first performance.
CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) - The newly-renovated Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater opens Wednesday night for its first performance.

The building was built in 1921 and the original 737-seat theater space has been preserved. It features an intimate setting with private balcony box seating.

During the renovation work, a brick wall was uncovered beneath old plaster. The wall displays the names of local World War I soldiers. A portion of that wall remains intact and on display in the lobby.

Related: WWI names uncovered on brick wall in Clearwater

New amenities include an outdoor wraparound balcony and a rooftop terrace where drinks will be served.

To complete the project, the city bought the two adjacent buildings and made it part of the theater complex. The total cost for the properties and renovation is $10.7 million.

Learn more about the Capitol Theatre

Wednesday night's ribbon-cutting begins at 5 followed by a performance from Michael McDonald, former Doobie Brothers singer. The performance is sold out.

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