Capitol Arts Center

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Capitol Arts Center
Address 416 E. Main Street
Bowling Green
Coordinates 36°59′37″N 86°26′28″W / 36.99367°N 86.441°W / 36.99367; -86.441Coordinates: 36°59′37″N 86°26′28″W / 36.99367°N 86.441°W / 36.99367; -86.441
Type Performing Arts & Art Galleries
Capacity 840[1]
Opened Late 1890s[2]
Renovated September 1981[2]
Closed 1967[2]
Reopened 1977[2]

The Capitol Arts Center is a performing arts theatre also featuring two art galleries located on Fountain Square at 416 E. Main Street in downtown Bowling Green in the U.S. state of Kentucky.


Known as the Columbia Theatre in the 1890s, the building was originally a vaudeville house. In the 1930s, it was redesigned as a movie house and renamed Capitol Theatre. The theatre doors were closed in 1967 after showing movies for over three decades. The building sat vacant for over 10 years and in 1977 was purchased by a group of citizens formerly known as the Bowling Green-Warren County Arts Commission. The Capitol Arts Center was reopened in September 1981 after a $1.3 million renovation project.[3] It retains the Art Deco style and decor of its 1930s renovation.[4]


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