Overture Center for the Arts
Overture Center for the Arts is a state of the art performing arts center and art gallery in Madison, United States. The center opened on September 2004, replacing the former Civic Center. In addition to several theaters, the center houses the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; the center was commissioned by Pleasant Rowland, designed by Cesar Pelli. His most famous works are the Petronas Twin Towers, which were for a time the world's tallest buildings, he designed the World Financial Center complex (since renamed Brookfield Place, in downtown Manhattan. Frautschi/Rowland paid $205 million to construct the building, making it the largest private gift to the arts of its kind, it replaced the Madison Civic Center, located on the same block on State Street. Its first President/CEO was Robert B. D'Angelo, followed by Michael Goldberg, Tom Carto, Ted DeDee and Sandra Gajic; the building has seven venues, in addition to art galleries: The 2251-seat Overture Hall is the facility's largest theater. Consisting of four levels of seats, it has a striking architectural style and was designed for acoustics.
The balconies have "continental-style" seating arrangements, where aisles other than those on the sides of seat rows are omitted in order to provide greater seat size and acoustics. It houses a permanent organ by the German organ builder Klais; the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera, Madison Ballet call this theater home. In addition to local Madison performing groups, touring performances have played in Overture Hall. During Overture construction, the Oscar Mayer Theater was restored, re-christened the Capitol Theater; the theater's inaugural performance, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, upon reopening took place in November, 2005. Done in muted teal and fuchsia, it seats 1098 in balcony. Original to the theater is an organ built by Oshkosh's Barton Organ Company. Resident companies include the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and CTM Madison Family Theatre, although some traveling shows perform there; this smaller, intimate performance space replaced the former Isthmus Playhouse. It was renovated with the Madison Repertory Theatre in mind as its resident company, was occupied by Madison Rep until its closure in March 2009.
This is a smaller room featuring bleachers in the walls that can convert it to a performance space seating up to 300. Kanopy Dance is its resident company; this room, located in the lower level, is used for the center's Kids in the Rotunda performances. The only venue accessible to the public during regular hours, it features a color scheme of fuchsia walls and floors, as well as permanent audience riser seats, it is a venue for banquets and other performances. These two venues are used for rehearsals and meetings, they are fully equipped black box theater spaces seating 100-200 depending on seating configuration. The center contains four visual art galleries; the Overture Galleries present exhibits by organizations. The center houses the James Watrous Gallery, operated by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences and Letters; this gallery displays larger installations from regional artists. Both galleries are open to the public. Following is a partial list of notable performers that have staged concerts at the Overture Center: Bryan Adams Alabama Shakes Criss Angel Joan Baez The Beach Boys Belle and Sebastian Mike Birbiglia Andrew Bird Blue Man Group Anthony Bourdain Jim Brickman Jackson Browne Mary Chapin Carpenter Chicago John Cleese Harry Connick Jr. Bill Cosby Elvis Costello Bo Diddley Ani DiFranco Bob Dylan Earth, Wind & Fire Susan Egan Michael Feinstein Fitz & the Tantrums The Goo Goo Dolls Buddy Guy Hall & Oates Corey Hart Indigo Girls Robert Irvine Jethro Tull Norah Jones Garrison Keillor B.
B. King Gladys Knight Diana Krall Patti LaBelle Ladysmith Black Mambazo k.d. lang Jonny Lang Gordon Lightfoot Little Big Town Lyle Lovett Patti LuPone Yo-Yo Ma Bill Maher Mannheim Steamroller Branford Marsalis Wynton Marsalis Steve Martin Matisyahu Kathy Mattea Idina Menzel Ingrid Michaelson Liza Minnelli Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood Mormon Tabernacle Choir Graham Nash Willie Nelson Bob Newhart Karen Olivo Ken Page Itzhak Perlman Bernadette Peters Portugal. The Man John Prine Bonnie Raitt The Righteous Brothers Molly Ringwald Joan Rivers Diana Ross David Sanborn David Sedaris Jerry Seinfeld Martin Short Yakov Smirnoff Mavis Staples Straight No Chaser John Tartaglia Lily Tomlin Tower of Power Brandon Uranowitz Anna Vogelzang Weird Al Yankovic Yanni Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey Ron White Wilco ZZ Top The Overture Center has been the subject of several controversies. After Frautschi's/Rowland's initial gift of a $100 million, they donated another $100 million, to make this a state of the art venue.
Some citizens complained. Others said. Still others believed it would be accessible only to the wealthy while limiting access to local and smaller acts and artists. After initial construction of the center, concerns were raised over additional funding. Citizens became concerned; as this happened, the potential was raised for the City of Madison to step in to maintain funding levels. Some were worried that a project, supposed to be private would become an unnecessary burden to taxpayers; these fears were exacerbated by the liquidation of the trust fund, set up to pay the construction d
Capitol Cinema (Ottawa)
The Capitol Cinema was the largest movie theatre built in Ottawa, Ontario and was the city's only true movie palace. Opened in 1920, the 2530-seat cinema was regarded as one of the best cinemas designed by famed theatre-architect Thomas W. Lamb; the Capitol was located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Queen Street and Bank Street, was opened by the Loews chain on November 8, 1920. In honour of the new theatre, a special train from New York City arrived at Ottawa's Union Station, carrying Marcus Loew, Thomas Lamb, more than a dozen silent film stars of the day, including Matt Moore and Texas Guinan; the train was greeted by thousands of movie fans. A motorcade took the visitors to the City Hall on Elgin Street, where the Mayor, Harold Fisher, was on hand for an official greeting. After a short tour of the city, the visitors were greeted by James Alexander Lougheed on Parliament Hill, taken to their accommodations in the Château Laurier; the crowds that greeted the motorcade at each stage of its procession through the city were described by the Ottawa Citizen as "throngs" with "unrivalled scenes of enthusiasm".
The opening performance that evening consisted of two films, D. W. Griffith's "The Love Flower" and a comedy entitled "Cheer Up", four vaudeville acts. Crowds of people who were unable to obtain tickets for the sold-out show lingered on the sidewalks outside the theatre throughout the evening. After the performance, the revelry continued at City Hall, where the visiting celebrities and local notables celebrated until dawn, with the actress Texas Guinan orchestrating the celebrations from the Mayor's chair. News of the party erupted into a scandal over the following weeks, with many questioning the appropriateness of hosting the alleged debauchery at the seat of local government and whether city funds had been used to purchase alcohol for the event. One city councillor, Napoléon Champagne defended his attendance at the party in the Ottawa Citizen by claiming that he had been "looking after the married men". In the era of the downtown movie palaces, theatres were built with a narrow entrance on the main thoroughfare, with a long foyer leading to the auditorium well at the rear.
This enabled the bulk of the building to be constructed on cheaper land well away from the thoroughfare. Toronto's Loews and Pantages theaters designed by Thomas Lamb, were classic examples of this trend, with both theatres having narrow frontages on Yonge Street and auditoriums on a rear side street. Ottawa's Loews theater was different; this enabled Lamb to design a grander lobby for the theater, with a majestic marble staircase and balustrade, a colonnaded mezzanine, a domed ceiling with a great crystal chandelier. The auditorium was impressive, with its ornate proscenium arch, hand-painted ceiling dome, box seats, balcony; the Capitol was considered to be among the finest movie palaces in North America. In Palaces of the Night, John Lindsay wrote: "many feel the Ottawa Capitol was the most attractive of all of Lamb's theatres", with "the grandest split staircase and lobby anywhere". Loews main competitor in Canada, Famous Players, promised an larger flagship theatre on Sparks Street to trump the Loews cinema on Queen Street.
With a population of 150,000 at that time, Ottawa was unable to support two 2500-seat theatres, despite Famous Players' pronouncements. In 1924, Loews sold off its Canadian theatres, the American Keith theatre circuit was able to outbid Famous Players for the Ottawa Loews; the cinema was renamed "Keith's Vaudeville", shortly thereafter the marquee was changed again to the "RKO Capitol". For five years, Famous Players continued to announce on an annual basis that it would be building a competing cinema on Sparks Street. In 1929, Famous Players merged with RKO's Canadian operations, Ottawa's largest theatre became part of the Famous Players chain; the name of the theatre was changed to "the Capitol". Despite the end of the vaudeville era, the Capitol continued to host musical concerts and other events, along with its main film programming, throughout its history; the Capitol was the most prestigious auditorium in the National Capital Region, it was at the centre of the city's cultural and social life.
Its stage hosted, among others, Nelson Eddy, Ethel Barrymore, John Gielgud, Maurice Chevalier, Michael Redgrave, Victor Borge, Pearl Bailey, Nat King Cole, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, the Metropolitan Opera Company, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In years, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Ravi Shankar all performed at the Capitol. Recordings of Hendrix's 1968 concert and The Who's 1969 concert at the Capitol circulating for years as two of the most sought-after bootleg recordings of the respective performers; the recording of The Who's performance was released as a bonus disc with a remastered Tommy re-release in 2013. In 1964, Famous Players announced that the Capitol would be divided into two theatres, to replicate the success of the nearby two-screen Elgin Theatre; the chain never acted on this announcement, however in deference to the Capitol's role as Ottawa's main stage. When the plans for the National Arts Centre were announced, the end of the Capitol was near.
By the end of the 1960s, it was impossible to fill the Capitol's 2530 seats with the showing of a film. The president of the Famous Players chain, George Destounis, was quoted in the O
Capitol Theatre (Port Hope)
The Capitol Theatre is located in Port Hope, is one of the last restored atmospheric movie theatres still in operation in Canada. Now a National Historic Site and still used for performances, it was constructed in 1930, with an interior designed to resemble a walled medieval courtyard surrounded by a forest, it was one of the first cinemas in the country built expressly for talking pictures. It opened on Friday, August 15, 1930, screening Queen High starring Charlie Ruggles and Ginger Rogers; the Capitol Theatre, located at 20 Queen Street, Port Hope, was built by Famous Players in 1930 following the closure of the Grand Opera House the previous year. Famous Players was convinced that the project would be worth undertaking after the former Opera House manager, Stuart Smart, lobbied the company; the theatre cost 60,000 dollars to build, the interior is styled to resemble a Norman Castle. On opening night the theatre was outfitted with 648 seats; the building itself was designed by the former President of the Ontario Association of Architects, Murray Brown, who oversaw the construction by Thomas Garnet and Sons, a local firm responsible for many landmarks of the area, including the 1927 addition to the Port Hope High School.
In 1945 the Capitol Theatre was sold to Premier theatres. Premier continued to operate the theatre until February 1987, when declining profits led to the decision to put the Capitol up for sale in 1986; the last movies to be shown were Assassination and Firewalker, following which the seats were removed due to it being one of the conditions of sale. After the Friends of the Capitol Theatre failed to get off the ground in the late 1980s; the group subsequently raised $1.6 million for the initial restoration of the Capitol Theatre. The Foundation was tasked with seeking Heritage Designation for the building. Another $3 million was raised in 2002 for further renovation; the construction phase of the project was completed by 2004-2005, when the new Cameco Capitol Arts Centre opened to the public. In 2013, funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation allowed the Capitol Theatre to upgrade the projection room from 35mm films to digital projection – allowing the theatre to continue to screen new releases.
The Capitol Theatre, operates as both a movie theatre and hosts live stage productions. The theatre was designated a National Historic Site on July 4, 2016. A federal plaque reflecting its status was unveiled in a ceremony on November 15, 2017. Common in theatre design at the time of the construction of the Capitol Theatre was the layout of a small entrance frontage and a long narrow lobby with the auditorium opening out behind street-front stores; this was because taxes were based on street frontage, land for the larger auditorium was cheaper on back lots and a long narrow lobby connecting the entrance to the auditorium worked well for ticket line-ups. as a theatre built for talking pictures, it had a small stage, low rake to the floor, no back-stage facilities, a minimal number of washrooms and limited lobby space. Built at the beginning of the, the capitol was designed as an atmospheric movie theatre, a low cost visual Theatre design. Twilight sky, hanging vines and castellated battlements are all part of the Norman Courtyard design.
The facade begins the illusion that one is approaching a medieval castle with its leaded, diamond paned windows. The exterior Egyptian-motif "Capitol" sign is original to the theatre, it was erected on instructions from Famous Players, was not in the original designs. The projecting marquee emulates a drawbridge to the outer lobby with its stenciled detail, faux painted walls and original terrazzo floor, show boards and ticket window; the Art Deco influence of the 1930s construction period is most evident in the paint colours and stencils used in the lobby and auditorium. From the inner lobby with its original furniture, one ascends the steps to the auditorium where frescoed walls and ceiling suggest one is sitting in a medieval castle courtyard, created with the use of faux plaster work walls that are finished in 17 different colours. Ceiling plaster was applied in one continuous operation by recruiting a large team of plasterers from miles around, who worked around the clock standing on cedar pole scaffolding, to obtain a seamless sky before the plaster had a chance to dry.
Much of the artwork was rendered not in paint but in wet coloured plaster, according to the traditional fresco method. In the trade, these theatres were sometimes called "soft tops" since the illusion was of no ceiling—of being out of doors. Stencils on the proscenium arch are original. Capitol Theatre Capitol Theatre History Capitol Theatre Foundation fonds
Capitol Theater Building
The Capitol Theater Building is a historic mixed commercial and theatrical building at 202–208 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, Massachusetts. It was built in 1925 by the Locatelli family, is one of the area's finest early motion picture theaters; the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The Capitol Theater building is a large three-story brick and masonry structure at the northwest corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Lake Street in eastern Arlington; the building is stylistically diverse, featuring elements found in the Classical Revival and early Art Deco styles. The entrance to the theater is found on the long facade facing Massachusetts Avenue, flanked by several commercial storefronts. There is a storefront with an angled entrance at the corner with Lake Street, another on Lake Street that now provides access to part of the theater lobby. In the late 2000s, the businesses along the stretch of Massachusetts Avenue surrounding the building organized as the Capitol Square Business Association.
The theater was designed by William J. Drummey, built in 1925 as part of the Albert Locatelli chain of theaters; the Locatellis built other area theaters like the Ball Square Theater and Central Theater, both in Somerville. The building cost $500,000 to build, housed 11 stores, office space on the second floor, 15 apartments on the third; the theater had a large pipe organ and seating for 1600 people among an orchestra area and balcony for viewing a stage where, in addition to films, vaudeville acts could be seen. The theater changed owners several times between the early 1930s and 1990 and was multiplexed in 1989. During the 1960s the theater was remodeled to a more contemporary design but the original details including granite columns and gold leaf detail were covered over rather than demolished; as a result, during renovations in the 1990s the theater was able to be returned to its former 1930s styling. In the process of multiplex conversion great care was taken to preserve the original aesthetic of the theater and each screening room retains the distinct character of the original space.
Theater #1 encompasses the original orchestra seating area and soaring ceilings with gold leaf and plaster details. Other screening rooms now occupy the former backstage area. National Register of Historic Places listings in Arlington, Massachusetts
National Register of Historic Places listings in Tennessee
This is a list of properties and historic districts in Tennessee that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are over 2,000 in total. Of these, 29 are National Historic Landmarks; each of Tennessee's 95 counties has at least one listing. The Tennessee Historical Commission, which manages the state's participation in the National Register program, reports that 80 percent of the state's area has been surveyed for historic buildings. Surveys for archaeological sites have been less extensive. Not all properties that have been determined to be eligible for National Register are listed; the locations of National Register properties and districts, may be seen in an online map by clicking on "Map of all coordinates". This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted April 12, 2019; the following are approximate tallies of current listings by county. These counts are based on entries in the National Register Information Database as of April 24, 2008 and new weekly listings posted since on the National Register of Historic Places web site.
There are frequent additions to the listings and occasional delistings and the counts here are approximate and not official. New entries are added to the official Register on a weekly basis; the counts in this table exclude boundary increase and decrease listings which only modify the area covered by an existing property or district, although carrying a separate National Register reference number. The Tennessee county with the largest number of National Register listings is Davidson County, site of the state capital, Nashville. List of National Historic Landmarks in Tennessee
The Kahl Building is an historic building located in Downtown Davenport, United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983; the building includes the Capitol Theatre. The Kahl Building rises 146 feet above the ground, it was designed by Davenport architect Arthur Ebeling who used as inspiration the works of Chicago architects William Holabird, John Root and Louis Sullivan. In fact Sullivan's Wainwright Building in St. Louis is considered a model after which the Kahl Building was designed. Sullivan's influence can be seen in the more elaborate ornamentation on the lower floors while the upper floors are plain, their decoration is confined to recessed spandrel panels. The building is capped with a staccato pairing of an elaborate cornice. In 1920, the building was constructed by Walsh-Kahl Construction for $1.5 million. It is composed of steel frame construction with stone and decorative terra cotta facing materials; the building's sense of height is highlighted by recessing the spandrel panels between the floors and behind the vertical piers.
It is considered an "exceptional example of the influence of the Chicago School on commercial architecture." The building has contained 184 office suites, several retail shops, a restaurant and the Capital Theater. The lobby walls were faced with Alabama marble, swirled in pinks, it featured bronze and copper doors. In 1994 the family of Davenport Banker V. O. Figge and his wife Elizabeth, Henry Kahl's daughter, donated the building to the Scott Community College Foundation, which used it for academic purposes; the Eastern Iowa Community College District announced in August 2014 their intention to leave the Kahl Building and relocate to a new campus in the former First Federal Savings and Loan Association Building and First Midwest Bank building on West Third Street between Brady and Main streets. The new college campus was opened in January 2018, the Kahl Building was sold to Jim Bergman of JNB Capitol Building for $2 million in June. A $20 million project will renovate the Kahl Building into 70 market-rate apartments.
The Capitol Theatre opened on December 25, 1920. Builder Henry C. Kahl wanted to provide a palace-type theater. Kahl planned a luxurious movie theater larger than any in Iowa; when opened, the theater boasted grand pianos, gold leaf decoration, several chandeliers. Its interior was designed by the Chicago firm of Rapp; the original pipe organ was built by the M. P. Moller Pipe Organ Company, it was replaced by a Wicks pipe organ for $30,000, contains 700 pipes. The organ received a $75,000 restoration in 2000, it is now the only Wicks theater organ that remains in its original home. In 1925, a 10-story stage house and stage expansion were constructed; the theater joined the Radio-Keith-Orpheum circuit in 1927. It discontinued operating as a working movie theater in 1977. A variety of performers have performed on its stage including vaudeville shows, it hosted the Winter Dance Party in 1959 that included Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens before their deaths five days in an airplane crash outside of Clear Lake, Iowa.
The Capitol has a capacity of 2,000 seats, but is no longer in operation. The Kahl Building's renovation includes the Capitol Theatre whose planned use will be for small concerts, plays and movies
Capitol Theatre Building (Flint, Michigan)
The Capitol Theatre Building is a cinema and concert venue located at 140 E. 2nd St. in Flint, Michigan. It opened in 1928 and was listed among the National Register of Historic Places in Michigan in 1985. Designed by John Eberson, it is an atmospheric theater designed to look like a Roman garden. In 1923, the Flint Building Corporation purchased the lot on which the Capitol Theatre Building sits, for the purpose of constructing a combined theatre and commercial block. In 1924, Col. Walter S. Butterfield announced plans for the construction of a theatre; the Flint Building Corporation met with Butterfield reorganized as the Capitol Building Company, with Butterfield as president. Litigation delayed the start of construction, it was not until 1927 that the project started; the building was designed by architect John Eberson, constructed by Henry Vander Horst of Kalamazoo. The theatre opened in early 1928. From the day it opened until it first closed in 1976, the Capitol was operated by W. S. Butterfield Theatres.
In 1957, the theater was modernized in which the lobby and front was extensively remodeled and the atmospheric theater's original colors were painted over and many statues removed. After the theater first closed in 1976, the Barton 3-11 pipe organ was donated to the Flint Institute of Music and was moved to the MacArthur Recital Hall there where it still is today. In 1977, local grocer George Farah bought the Capitol Theatre Building. Movies were shown and concerts held on and off at the theater until the heating boiler broke down beyond repair forcing the theater to be closed indefinitely in 1996. While the theater was dormant, it was kept in repair and two gas furnaces were installed in front of the stage to keep the atmospheric theater from freezing; the Farah family started partial restoration work. But under private ownership, the Farah family could not raise enough money for a full restoration. So theater building was sold to the non-profit Friends of the Capitol Theatre in 2015. On October 21, 2015, it was announced that Uptown Reinvestment Corp. will partner with The Whiting Auditorium in Flint and its governing body, the Flint Cultural Center Corp. to relaunch the Capitol Theatre.
Uptown will handle the redevelopment and restoration, The Whiting will manage operations and marketing. With the boards of both organizations approving the partnership, they are now getting to work with "due diligence evaluations and design work that will help guide the property's redevelopment," according to a statement; the restored theater, meeting modern building codes, seats 1,500 with the public areas looking similar to how the theater looked when it first opened in 1928. To aid in the restoration, a non-historic third story addition was torn down to restore balance to the theater's front facade; the 1940s marquee design was replicated utilizing all LED lighting and electronic attraction boards. The theater reopened with a free event on Friday, December 8, 2017; the Capitol Theatre Building is a two-and three-story building, housing both a theatre and commercial spaces. It is faced with buff brick accented with gazed terra cotta, with a diverse "fifteenth century Hispano-Italian style" architecture.
The facade was symmetric, containing a three-story centrally located theater, flanked by two two-story storefront sections on each side. A third story was added to one of the storefront sections, removed during the theater building's restoration; the storefront sections have office windows above