3021-23 N State St|
Jackson MS 39216
|Record #17013 |
Closed: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 500 seats|
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Pix, Capri|
Information for this tour was contributed by Kenneth Johnson.
Built in 1939 by Van Downing as The PIX Theatre. It was open for first run/coming attractions movies. It was also used as a live theatre every so often.
By 1957 The Pix Theatre was winding down and ultimately it closed but movie ads ran for weeks in the Daily Clarion Ledger after it closed. For 5 years, it was rented for Live/venue purposes and by 1962, it was sold and the decision was made to reopen. It opened in August 1962 as The Capri Theatre. The Pix neon name remained vertically on the side of the building, but the name CAPRI was added to the overhang awning in the front. By the 1970s after multi-screen theatres around Jackson became the norm, the Capri had started to feel the effects. By 1980s, the Capri Theatre had switched to a dayparted sub-run house by day and adult/cheap porn by night. By August 1985, the Capri theatre was abandoned. Oddly, daily ads ran in the Clarion Ledger for 1 month after its closing. It was abandoned and served as a clothing shop for a sum of almost 20 years.
By 2004, the Pix Theatre (aka the Capri) was added to the Mississippi Department of Archives as a Historical landmark. By 2005, the clothing shop was forced to leave. Fondren Renassiance reopened the Pix Capri Theatre in 2005 as a live/musical/movie venue and had plans to revitalize it. By 2007, Fondren Renassiance abandoned the theatre once again. By summer 2007, Crossroads Film Society started renting the theatre for movie/live purposes and restoration was begin by October 2007. It is expected to reopen not as the Capri Theatre, but simply "The Pix Theatre" since its a historical landmark and the name "Capri" cannot go on or in the building.
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