Capri Movie Theatre to show first film in decades

Published: Jan. 22, 2022 at 2:11 PM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Capri Theater is bringing back life into the Fondren community with its first movie showing after being closed for more than 30 years.

A round of applause filled the room as dozens waited to see ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home.’ What made the moment special was that it’s the first movie showing in the theater for more than a decade. Many say it’s been a long time coming.

“I never thought Fondren could look like this again if that makes sense,” said Terri Walker, a Fondren resident. “And my mind is blown. When I walked in, I was like, wow.”

“We are super excited about what this has brought to the Jackson area,” said Chad Polk, another Fondren resident. “Obviously, Fondren is a growing area.”

The historic Capri Theatre was built in 1939. For almost five decades, it was the hot spot in the Fondren neighborhood where people gathered to socialize and have a good time.

But that fun would come to an end in 1986 when the theater closed. However, more than 30 years later, developers say now is the perfect time to rekindle that flame.

“What we have taken is the exact same building and restored it exterior-wise,” said Project Developer Jason Watkins. “The stage has been rebuilt to its original specks, as is the precinema back there, so some real cool architectural features that were done originally now have returned.”

According to a Facebook post by Robert St. John, the theatre has a 40-foot-screen, Dolby 7.1 sound, a state-of-the-art digital projector, and reclining lounge seats.

The historic Capri theatre was built in 1939. For almost five decades it anchored the neighborhood now called Fondren....

Posted by Robert St John on Saturday, January 22, 2022

One hundred people bought tickets to Saturday’s sold-out show. Developers say the crowd could have been even bigger, but they are limiting the size due to COVID-19.

“That’s a little bit of why we did a hundred seats just so we could have a little bit more spacing and just so there wasn’t major crowding in the lobby area,” said Managing Partner Jarrod Patterson.

Anyone who missed the first show can catch the second one tomorrow. Tickets can be purchased online at caprimovies.com.

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