Finally … The Seats!

By on 7 March, 2018 in Art, Fun, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

As I watched the Oscars this past Sunday, it occurred to me that—for the first time in many, many years—I had seen almost all the nominees for the major awards. Yes, I had seen two while visiting my brother in Dallas. Frank sees virtually every movie released!

But many of the others had been screened right across the street from my office at our beloved Capri Theatre. Even though some had been shown at one of the soul-less multiplexes across town, savvy Capri Director Martin McCaffery knew true film lovers and “our audience” would come to Midtown for an experience with high-quality sound and picture. And all you’d expect from a “real” movie house, complete with a curtain that closes and re-opens between the previews of coming attractions and the featured film!

How right he was! January and February were great months financially for the Capri. And that brings to mind how very grateful we Midtowners are for the Capri and all it represents:

  • a place to see film not otherwise available unless you drive to Birmingham or Atlanta.
  • a cultural icon that makes its stage available to arts and community groups so that the quality of life in “our” part of town is enhanced.
  • historic preservation at work on the neighborhood level.
  • the stalwart support of many Montgomerians.

That support enabled the theater and concerned citizens to rescue the Capri from its demise into the screening of soft porn by forming the Capri Community Film Society and bringing in cinephile Martin McCaffery to run the operation. McCaffery’s devotion to the Capri is stuff legends are made of.

That support enabled the Capri in 2013 to retire its $400,000-plus mortgage, originated when the Film Society finally to purchase the building in 2010. Quick on the heels of that effort was a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, “DCI or Die” to provide the $100,000 required to convert to digital projection technology.

That support then translated into the $800,000-plus Lighting the Heart of Cloverdale Campaign, the success of which enabled a massive interior renovation. Everything, that is, except the seats.

Finally, as we speak, the loyal fan base (and its collective tired “tushes”) is being rewarded with the installation of brand new, guaranteed comfy seats complete with cup holders. And this, too, has been funded—to the tune of $100,000—by the faithful.

McCaffery says the theater, currently closed for the seat conversion, will assuredly be re-opened by April 6. So make a date with yourself to see something at the Capri in April. And leave your seat cushion at home!

Update: The seats have arrived!

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 30 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

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