The Capitol Arts Center has entered the next chapter in its long history of providing a place for south central Kentucky residents to enjoy the arts. Listed in the National Register as a contributing site in the Downtown Bowling Green Commercial District the Capitol is owned by Warren County, and now operates under the management of Warren County Public Library. The Capitol hosts touring performances, concerts, weddings, receptions, and a variety of community events. For more information about events, rentals and more contact the Warren County Public Library, visit their website https://warrenpl.org/capitol/ or call 270-904-6040.
The Capitol Arts Center has been an important part of the cultural fabric of Bowling Green for over 100 years. Begun as a vaudeville house in the late 1890’s, then was renamed the Columbia Theatre and finally was redesigned as a movie house in the mid-1930’s renamed the Capitol Theatre which presented movies for more than three decades before closing in 1967.
After remaining vacant for more than 10 years, the building was purchased in 1977 by a visionary group of citizens formerly known as the Bowling Green-Warren County Arts Commission. Following a $1.3 million renovation, the Capitol Arts Center opened its doors to the community in September 1981 and was managed by the Capitol Arts Alliance for 30 years.