Never Miss a Show Again!
Join us for FREE summer movies!
Movies at the Capitol are free to attend. These concessions will be available for purchase: popcorn, candy and 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.
First time submitting a request? Learn how to use “Spaces”
Open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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
- 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 began 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 and 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.
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 Arts Center until 2021. Warren County Public Library began leasing the building the spring of that year.
Currently, the Warren County Public Library manages the Capitol.
The Capitol 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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