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Events at The Capitol

Check out our ticketed events at The Capitol!

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Join us for FREE movies!

Movies at the Capitol are free to attend; no ticket is required. Concessions will be available for purchase (popcorn, candy, drinks). Movies do not have previews and start promptly at the showing time.

Click HERE to see what’s showing!

Reserve a Meeting Room

The Capitol has one meeting room space on its second floor that may be reserved Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with a max seating of 25.

Capitol Books

Open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Phone: 270.904.6030

 Capitol Books is a new addition to the historic Capitol building. The Friends of Warren County Library are excited to bring a used bookstore to the downtown family of businesses. Regular hours are Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The store is also open some evenings when library events are scheduled; call 270-904-6030 with inquiries.


  • DVDs: $1.00
  • Blu-rays: $2.00
  • CDs: $1.00
  • Puzzles/Games: $2.00
  • Box Sets: $2.00
Books for Adults:

  • Hardcover: $4.00
  • Trade Paperback: $2.00

Books for Children:

  • Hardcover: $2.00
  • Paperback & Board Books: $1.00


The Capitol has been an important part of the cultural fabric of Bowling Green for over 100 years. It had long been said that it began its life as a vaudeville house in the late 1890s, but deeper research shows that the property at 416 E. Main was listed as a saloon and restaurant at that time. The first picture show business to operate at this address, the Columbia Theatre, opened in 1911. The Capitol Theatre, managed by the Nashville-based Crescent Amusement Company, replaced the Columbia in 1921. In 1938, the building went through an extensive renovation and expansion. For many years, in addition to its primary role as a movie house, the downtown theater also hosted community events and leased space to local businesses and organizations.

Following a decline in use, the Capitol stopped showing movies in 1972.  After remaining largely vacant for a number of 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 reopened its doors to the community in September 1981 and was managed by the Capitol Arts Alliance for 30 years.

In July 2000, a $6.7 million grant from the Commonwealth of Kentucky was given to fund the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, Inc. (aka SKyPAC), a facility for larger performing arts productions than the Capitol Arts Center could host. SKyPAC managed the Capitol until 2021. Warren County Public Library began leasing the building the spring of that year and is its current manager.

Contact us

270-904-6040 | 416 E Main Ave., Bowling Green, KY 42101

The Capitol, managed by Warren County Public Library, strives to provide excellent service to our community through a variety of offerings. From free library events to private movie rentals and sold-out concerts, we love seeing people use this historic space.

If you are interested in renting the Capitol, please fill out this inquiry form, and someone from our team will reach out. The more details you provide, the more we can help make your event come to life. Completion of this form does not confirm a rental agreement.

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Please give us a general description of your event, including if you anticipate using lights, microphones, projectors, tables, chairs etc.
If you are inquiring about a movie rental, include the title you're interested in showing. Because of public performance laws, any film shown must be in the library market listing.

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