The Capitol Theatre
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The Capitol Theatre is a landmark that has hosted some of the world’s most iconic musicians. Bowie performed here — so did the Stones, Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin, and the Grateful Dead. And while there’s certainly a cool factor associated with saying your “I Do’s” on that stage, you don’t have to be music-obsessed to see the potential in getting married at The Cap.
Simply put, the theater knows how to bring drama to any event. Built in 1926 — it’s on the National Register of Historic Places — The Cap has retained its theatricality with intricate gold detailing, crystal chandeliers, and red-velvet curtains.
There’s a unique space for every moment of your wedding day. Do you first look under gold ceilings on the lobby staircase. Then, say your vows in front of guests on the famed stage or in the balcony. Garcia’s, the theater’s adjacent bar with exposed brick walls, tufted black leather couches, and pressed-tin ceilings, is perfect for cocktail hour. Hold the reception under the 65-foot domed ceiling of the main theater. With the room’s “elegant theater vibe, event designers have transformed the space using tall floral arrangements, incredible ice sculptures, multi-leveled platforms, and A-list entertainment,” says director of special events Emily Schmalholz. (It goes without saying that there’s also a killer A/V system.)
As it’s still a working theater, Saturday nights are often booked for concerts, not weddings. Summer is your best bet for a weekend wedding, as outdoor-concert season — which coincides with the busy wedding season — allows for the rare desirable date. Even if you can’t score a Saturday, it’s worth the unconventional timing to add your day to the venue’s long list of legendary moments.
The Details: Venue fees run from $20,000 to $35,000, depending on dates and availability. The theater can accommodate up to 300 guests for a seated reception and up to 500 guests for a cocktail-style wedding.