Capitol Theatre Renovation

Madison, WI

Once an opulent movie palace in the 1920s, the Capitol Theater (most recently known as the Oscar Mayer Theatre) returned to its original name and became a comfortable mid-size performance venue for ensemble groups in 2006. Despite several technical, electrical and design improvements needed to modernize the venue, Findorff’s renovation to the Capitol Theater retained many of its famous historic details, including the famous Grand Barton Organ and original light fixtures.

In addition, capacity was reduced from 2,214 to approximately 1,000 seats to accommodate a new theater lobby and wider seats with more generous leg room. The Capitol Theater renovation was part of the 400,000 square-foot Overture Center for the Arts project constructed by Findorff in downtown Madison.


Category /

Retail & Recreation

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Additions and Remodels
Historic Renovations
Sustainable Building

Architect /

CPA & Assoc. & PL&F LLC