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Movie Theater Becomes Community Theatre

Before: Aberdeen Capitol Theater

After: Aberdeen Community Theatre

In January of 1927, the glorious, french art deco theater that is now our home, Capitol Theatre, was opened.  Our marquee was lit for the first time later that month.  A stage performance called, “The Green Hat: A Play with a Punch”, was included in the opening ceremonies of this new downtown attraction.  That was followed by the theater’s first silent, motion picture screening: “Kid Boots”.  A year later, the Capitol was outfitted with a Vita-Phone sound system for the widely popular “talkies.”

The Capitol was Aberdeen’s premiere movie house until the late 1980’s, when it began to wind down and a new duplex theater was built in eastern Aberdeen.  The last movie, “Robocop 2”, played at the Capitol in 1990.

In early 1990’s , a need arose for a permanent home of the Aberdeen Community Theatre which had incorporated in 1980.  ACT, as they were known, used any theater space, or make-shift theater space, they could find to bring local live theater to Aberdeen.  It wasn’t until 1992 that they would move permanently into the Capitol Theatre, which was converted from a movie house to a fully functional stage-production and movie facility.  Since then, ongoing renovations and modifications have been enhancing the performance space as well as the theatre-going experience.

Local Aberdeen Quester’s groups started their own fundraising campaign to renovate the theater’s marquee. The magnificent Capitol Theatre marquee was dismantled and shipped off for complete restoration in 1997.  A year later it was re-lit with great fanfare.

It is important to point out that nearly all of the renovations and operating support for Aberdeen Community Theatre comes from donations from people in and around the Aberdeen area. If you’re interested in joining this supportive crowd, please visit or

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Capitol Theatre marquee being built.

Capitol Theatre marquee re-lit after 1997 renovation. Fundraising was done by the Aberdeen Quester’s groups.