FLINT (WJRT) - (11/29/16) - The Capitol Theater Marquee is a landmark, but it's a landmark showing its age.
Don't worry - a new and improved marquee is in the works.
"It will be a lot more energy-efficient than the original sign with the new technology. It's also going to have a pair of electronic message centers so you'll have live video for their communication with the community. So there are a lot of upgrades from the original sign," said Dan Crannie, owner of Signs by Crannie.
For the past three months, Signs by Crannie in Flint Township has been creating a replacement for the old Capitol Theater marquee, which is about 90 years old.
Each of three segments is 24 feet long, just like the original. It's aluminum with lots of LED lights. It doesn't weigh nearly as much as the old one, which is made of steel.
Workers at Signs by Crannie made an extra effort to make the new one look just like the first. It will be painted the same colors.
The new sign is part of a multi-million dollar project to restore the theater to its original glory. For decades, the Capitol Theater was the place to go to see the latest movies. You could get a ticket to the movie, a box of popcorn and a pop for 50 cents or less.
"Back in the '50s, I used to go there all the time. I remember how pretty it was inside. The ceiling, the architecture. It was really a great place to go," said David McCarius, a sales rep at Crannie.
The new marquee should be installed by mid-December. The old one may be donated to the Sloan Museum.