Social Connectivity

With depression and anxiety spiking by 25%, the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 highlighted the importance of preventing loneliness through social connectivity. As such, the Capitol strives to be a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can connect with loved ones, make unexpected friends, and share in the joy of film and live performance. Research studies show these social benefits help fight against the impact of loneliness, now considered a public health crisis. These studies found loneliness associated with a 26% increase in premature death, and poor cardiovascular and mental health. (2). This outcome has led to an increase in healthcare expenditures. The most serious cases of social isolation can lead to suicide which the CDC estimates costs communities up to $1.5 million per incident. (3) 

1) Mcdaid D, Park AL. Investing in mental health and well-being: findings from the DataPrev project. Health Promot Int. 2011 Dec;26 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):i108-39. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dar059. PMID: 22079932; PMCID: PMC4471444. 

2) Perkins, R., Mason-Bertrand, A., Tymoszuk, U. et al. Arts engagement supports social connectedness in adulthood: findings from the HEartS Survey. BMC Public Health 21, 1208 (2021). 

3) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, August 17).,and%20work%2Dloss%20costs%20alone. 

4) Houser, A., & Flowers, L. et al. Medicare spends more on socially isolated older adults. AARP. (2017, November 27). 


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About The Capitol

Located in the heart of downtown, the restored Burlington Capitol Theater recaptures an era when movies and live entertainment were enjoyed in beautiful and unique theaters.

This 1937 Art Deco jewel re-opened in 2012. The intimate 367–seat venue and listening lounge, Night Cap, host independent and classic films as well as local, regional, and national touring artists performing on a 1,500–square foot stage.

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