About Capri Theatre
Capri Theatre • 1045 E Fairview Ave • Montgomery, AL 36106 • 334.262.4858
The Capri Theatre is in the heart of the Cloverdale neighborhood of Montgomery. It is owned and operated by the Capri Community Film Society, Inc., a non-profit organization.
Clover Theatre • Opening Day, 1941
Opened in July of 1941 as the Clover Theatre, it is now the longest continually operating movie theatre in Alabama.
The Clover was remodeled and became the Capri Theatre in December of 1962.
Originally built as part of the Wilby-Kincey chain, the Clover/Capri has had many owners and operators over the years. Finally in 1982,a group of neighbors formed the Capri Community Film Society to save the theatre. Their opportunity arose when the theatre was raided and closed by the district attorney who objected to it being a softcore porn theatre.Fearing the loss of their cherished, but rundown, neighborhood theatre, the Capri Community Film Society took over the lease and operate the Capri Theatre.
Over the years the struggling non-profit managed to keep the theatre operating thanks to donations and memberships - and the work of its volunteer Board of Directors. During that time the theatre developed a reputation for its eclectic blend of Independent, Foreign, Popular and Classic films. Other groups, often with the support of the Capri, have aspired to similar programming, but none have successfully operated a full-time art house in a historic movie theatre.
In 2010 the Capri was unexpectedly put up for sale by its landlord. The Film Society had to conduct its biggest fundraising effort to date in order to purchase the building. The fundraising was successful and the Society was able to purchase the building in 2010, and own it free and clear by 2013.
Just in time for the conversion to digital.
The conversion to digital cinema was a major threat to the smaller theatres of America. Investments of up to $100,000 per screen to convert wiped out many small theatres and drive-ins, and strained the budget of many more. The Capri was no exception. But, once again, the people of Montgomery and fans of the Capri rallied to its support. The Capri conducted what was then the biggest Kickstarter campaign in Montgomery. The "DCI or DIE" campaign raised the money necessary to purchase and install a digital projector and supporting system. The Capri was saved once again.
The installation of the digital projector does not mean the Capri abandoned 35mm film. Although few current films are available on actual 35mm film, the theatre does occasional screenings of classic movies when prints are available.
Renovating The Capri • 2016
With the ownership of the building secured, and the conversion to digital achieved, the Film Society was, after 30 years, ready to refurbish the theatre itself.
The Capri Theatre had not had a major renovation since its transformation to the Capri in 1962. The infrastructure was challenging - 1941 electrical and plumbing. The restrooms were inadequate and design flaws from the 1940's and 1960's affected the operation of the theatre.
In 2014 the Capri launched its first ever capital campaign - Lighting the Heart of Cloverdale. Again, the people of Montgomery supported the Capri with over $800,000 in pledges and donations, allowing the theatre to do complete major renovations in time for its 75th Anniversary.
There is still much work to do to the Capri, and the Film Society is gearing up to get it done. As always, the Capri needs your support to survive and prosper. Come to the movies. Become a member. And support the Capri Community Film Society.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joseph McCorkle – Joe McCorkle practices law with Balch & Bingham LLP. He is a (nearly) lifelong resident of Montgomery. He and his wife Tammy live in Cloverdale. They have three adult sons.
Christy Anderson – has been with the City of Montgomery for 12 years, and currently works as the City’s Historic Preservation Coordinator. In this capacity, she works with the historic neighborhoods in Montgomery, the Historic Preservation Commission, and Architectural Review Board, as well with various downtown rehabilitation projects. Prior to working for the City, she spent 5 years as the coordinator of National Register of Historic Places program for the Alabama Historical Commission. Christy holds a BA in Anthropology from the College of Wooster, and an MA in Public History/Historic Preservation from the University of South Carolina. She is also a 2017 graduate of the Alabama Master Gardener’s program.
Richard Armstead – Richard Armstead, a Montgomery native, has lived in Cloverdale since graduating from college. As a theatre/movie lover, the Capri has been a special place for him. He’s taught for 33 years, the last eight years at Montgomery Academy.
Annie Gunter – is an attorney at the Alabama State Banking Department. She is a life-long resident of Montgomery and currently lives in Old Cloverdale with her two cats, Harper and Zelda.
Betsy Hails –Montgomery native Betsy Barrett Hails spent her early years traveling throughout Europe and the US with her Air Force family. She is a contemporary realist painter with a degree in Fine Arts from Auburn university. She and her husband Eddie have one adult son and daughter.
Charlene Holtsford – has volunteered in many areas of the Montgomery community since settling here in 1987. Charlene has served as President of the Junior League of Montgomery as well as the President of the Board of Directors for the Family Sunshine Center. She has been recognized as the Junior League Sustainer of the year and was awarded the "Estelle Popkin Volunteer of the Year Award" for her service on the Family Sunshine center board. Other boards she has served on include, Bridge Builders of Alabama, Hands on River Region and the Montgomery Children's Museum. She is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery, class XVIII. Charlene attends First United Methodist Church in Cloverdale where she teaches fifth grade Sunday School, Charlene and her husband, local attorney Alex Holtsford, live in Edgewood. They have three adult sons, Trey, Charlie and David and look forward to adding a daughter in law to the family this spring when oldest son, Trey Holtsford will wed Rebecca Hails.
Jimmy Jacobs is an attorney in private practice, primarily representing plaintiffs in civil rights matters. He was formerly an educator and coordinator of school counseling programs for the state. He has lived in Montgomery since 1983, currently in Rosemary, and has a passion for good movies and music
Jim Leonard – Jim is a principal and the executive creative director of Stamp Idea Group, an advertising and marketing firm based in Montgomery. A 15-year resident of nearby Edgewood, Jim and his wife Camille and been patrons of the Capri since the 1980s. Over the years, Jim has served on various boards including The Montgomery Academy, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, American Advertising Federation of Montgomery, Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts, and Montgomery Dragon Boat Race & Festival, among others. He and his wife have two daughters, Elsa and Margaret, who are both attending college.
Jared Morris – Jared Morris grew up in Montgomery and has fond memories of the Capri. After graduating from Yale Law School and working a few years at a law firm in New York, he returned home several years ago and now works for the Retirement Systems of Alabama.
Randall Williams – Randall Williams is a writer, editor, book designer, and publisher, since 2000 as editor-in-chief of NewSouth Books. A former journalist, he spent a decade at the Southern Poverty Law Center and was the founding director of its Klanwatch Project in the 1980s. In 1983, he was the organizer and first president of the Capri Community Film Society.
Rachael Williford – Rachael Williford is a veterinarian at Montgomery Veterinary Associates. She was born and raised in Butler, Alabama, and attended Auburn University. Rachael and her husband, Allyn, have been long time residents of Old Cloverdale. They, along with their two sons, love walking to the theater to see favorite films of the past.
Children (Under Age 12): $4.00
Ticket Booth (10 Tickets): $75.00
Fri, Sat & Sun: 5:00 & 7:30
Sunday thru Thursday: 7:30 Only
(Subject to change for special events & presentations)
The Capri features a full range of concessions including beer & wine.