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Capri Theatre

2015 Photo from the Adam Martin collection.
3021-23 N State St
Jackson MS 39216

Record #17013  
 Opened: 1939
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Current Use:
Capacity: 500 seats
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Pix, Pix-Capri
 Previously operated by: Ogden Perry Theatres

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.

The theater has since been put in use as a live music venue.

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March 2015 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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