- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A theater in downtown Flint may reopen next year with live performances.

Restoration on the Capitol Theatre could start in two months after the city council approved the transfer this week of a tax freeze on the 90-year-old building, The Flint Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1smZ63t ).

The venue once hosted concerts by AC/DC, Ray Charles, John Mellencamp and others from the late 1970s until the theater portion of the building closed about 20 years ago, according to the newspaper.

Uptown Reinvestment Corp. is partnering with The Whiting and the Flint Cultural Center Corp. on the project that is expected to cost $21 million. Uptown Reinvestment will handle redevelopment and restoration, while The Whiting will manage operations, programming and marketing.

Restoration will take a year to 14 months and shows will be booked as early as summer 2017, said Jarret Haynes, Whiting executive director.

The theater will seat about 1,600 people.

“We want to bring back all of the elements of the theater that made it what it was,” Haynes said. “At the same time, we want to operate the theater in 2017. We certainly want a modern sound system, lighting system, rigging system.”

Taxes on the building were frozen at about $15,000 per year in 2013. The transfer will keep the tax freeze intact for eight more years, The Flint Journal said.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, https://www.mlive.com/flint


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