The Capitol Theatre

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Port Chester, New York, United States

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Capitol Theatre is a historic movie theater located at Port Chester, Westchester County, New York. It was designed by noted theater architect Thomas W. Lamb (1871 - 1942) and built in 1926. It consists of two parts: a three story section containing three storefronts, the theater entrance, two stories of office space; and the theater auditorium. The front section is nine bays wide and four bays deep with a truncated hipped roof. It features a decorative terra cotta cornice. The theater structure is irregular in shape and ranges from four to seven stories in height. It was built for Vaudeville and Cinema and continued as a movie theater until 1970, after which it was renovated for use as a performance space.[2] The Capitol was utilized as a concert space throughout the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s, and featured performances by such acts as Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Traffic, David Bowie, Phish, and The Rolling Stones. In fact, “The Grateful Dead played the Capitol Theatre 18 times in a one-year span from 1970-1971.” American Songwriter notes that “Many fans think those shows were some of the best the band ever played.”[3] It later became a catering and special-events facility, run by owner Marvin Ravikoff.

In 1984, The Capitol Theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

In December of 2011, The New York Times announced that the Theatre will be re-opened in mid-2012 by music entrepreneur Peter Shapiro, who will be presenting major concerts at the venue, in partnership with concert promoter The Bowery Presents, after a two million dollar renovation has been completed and “state-of-the-art” sound and lighting equipment has been installed.

Contact Information

149 Westchester Avenue
Port Chester, New York 10573
United States
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(914) 937-4126

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Tuesday 2 December 2014
Flogging MollyConcert The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, New York, United States
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Saturday 31 January 2015
The B-52'sConcert The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, New York, United States
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