Historic Capitol Theatre in Greeneville unveils improvements

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A historic theatre in downtown Greeneville now has a brand new design. 

The entire outside of the Capitol has been under construction for the past few months, but work is now finally completed. 

The Capitol is a landmark in downtown Greeneville. It was originally built in 1934. 

You can watch the ribbon-cutting ceremony below. To celebrate, city officials are holding a block party throughout the night.

Taking a step into the Capitol Theater is like taking a step back into the past, but Saturday a  brand new look was unveiled. 

“We tried to be as close to historically accurate as possible, but at the same tome kind of modernize it in ways. We worked really closely with the historical society to approve all the projects. Over the years its changed hands, it’s been closed for a period of time at some point, and then Tracy Solomon bought the building in 2014, remodeled it and kind of brought it back to life,” said the general manager of the Capitol, Ashley Duvall.

She said the entire outside of the building is brand new. The tiled stonework on the floors were completely done by hand. The Capitol installing a new box offices and doors, but trying to stay as close to historically accurate as possible.

The owner of the building, Tracy Solomon, amazed at the design seeing it at its completion.

“This is the very first time I’m seeing it. A lot of heart, a lot of people coming together to make this happen. This is a six year project. A long time in the making. So, I’m ecstatic about every bit of it. I love it,” says Solomon.

The Capitol is expecting to make even more changes in the future, but isn’t ready to reveal those changes just yet.  

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