Capitol Theatre

110 W. Main Street,
Lebanon, TN 37087

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Capitol Theatre (Official)

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres

Functions: Live Performances, Movies (Classic)

Styles: Art Deco

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 615.784.4014

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Lobby and concessions with original terrazzo floor

The Capitol Theatre was opened on December 9, 1941 with Betty Grable in “The Beautiful Blond From Bashful Bend”. It had 1,000 seats, and was operated by the Crescent Amusement Co. It was taken over by Martin Theatres in 1961. It was closed in 1980, and was saved from a nearby fire that engulfed the old Lebanon Hotel around 1981.

Dormant for almost 30 years, this beautiful old movie house was for sale. It was renovated from 2009, and reopened in the summer of 2013 with a reduced seating capacity of 400..

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on June 19, 2008 at 9:53 am

For a 1996 view of the Capitol Theater in Lebanon please click here.

StacyGee on October 20, 2009 at 5:54 am

I have this old Theater for sale if anyone wants to see inside or if anyone has any interest. Its on my website at

Joe Gleason
Joe Gleason on February 9, 2010 at 8:44 am

An update – the theatre was sold in November. Congrats to the new owners! I hope the plans are for a renovation and grand reopening!

reiben on September 10, 2010 at 7:25 am

Does anyone have the contact info for this new owner?

LRRamsay on June 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Apparently, this theatre is going to be restored. See their site:

The contact on the site is

I’m so happy to see this great old theatre being brought back to life. My Dad worked there when he was a teenager.

joelmoses on July 8, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Looks like they’ve been successful!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 23, 2013 at 11:19 am

Clickable version of joelmoses' link. The article says that the Capitol Theatre originally opened on December 9, 1941, and closed in 1980. It was renovated by new owner Bob Black beginning in 2009, and reopened in the early summer of 2013.

Here is the official web site, the History page of which notes that the Capitol was originally owned by the Crescent Amusement Company, but was taken over by Martin Theatres in 1961.

Danny Proctor
Danny Proctor on January 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Just did a show at the newly-restored Capitol Theatre in Lebanon. The interior of the theatre is completely new, retaining a bit of the old architecture. The terrazzo floors were restored, the original restroom signs, some light fixtures etc. Beautifully done. I hope they enjoy great success. In addition to live performances, they’re also screening movies there again.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on September 6, 2023 at 5:10 am

Originally the marquee had a flat extension over the storefront to the east. It didn’t have a letterboard on it. What I remember is green and white steel with horizontal neon. The building’s upper story was clad in steel similar to what’s on the walls in the lobby. That all came down sometime after Martin left the building.

In context, in the late 1970s a couple of buildings on the square which had been “modernized” in the 1950s, had their cladding removed to reveal the victoria detailing. Unfortunately someone decided that the cladding on the Capitol and nearby Princess needed to come off too, not realizing there was no ornate brickwork underneath. Both buildings have since been painted to make some effort to replicate the original design.

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