Looking at new life for landmark; Capitol Theatre eyed for UM-Flint
By Beata Mostafavi | Flint Journal
April 23, 2010, 9:08AM
FLINT, Michigan — It’s possible Flint college students could someday rehearse, perform and study music in one of the city’s most treasured landmarks.
And the historic Capitol Theatre could be transformed into a music school with a recital hall, classrooms and elaborately ornate concert space, according to a feasibility study done for the University of Michigan-Flint.
But restoring the one-time entertainment hot spot famous for its Italian Renaissance architecture would have a hefty price tag of almost $25 million.
“I see this project as an attractive one that needs to be weighed against other institutional priorities,” UM-Flint’s dean of the college of arts and sciences, DJ Trela, said about moving the university’s music school into the 30,000-square-foot vintage building, which has been in the midst of restoration efforts for years.