We have the opportunity for a private, backstage tour of the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY. This tour will share with us this historic theatre, it’s renovation and rebirth as a premier location for music in the Tri-State area.
This tour will be guided by their general manager who has been with The Cap for many years and lived through the renovation, and has some great perspective to running this facility and its legendary performers.
We will gather at Garcia’s, their in-house restaurant and bar. This will be a tour to remember.
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The Capitol Theatre, designed by noted architect Thomas Lamb, opened on Wednesday, August 18, 1926 as a dignified playhouse with great decorative beauty and luxurious comfort. The open letter to Port Chester residents published in the newspaper that week boasted that it would contain “the only theater refrigerating system in Westchester County.” The grand opening, which included a performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” by a ten-piece orchestra and a showing of Sea Wolf, sold out all of its seats (then 2,000), and had to turn hundreds away.
By the late ’60s, the tone had changed. Movies were out and live music was in. The theater was renovated as a psychedelic performance space, and it hosted just about every major rock and roll act of that time period. Under the direction of rock promoter Howard Stein, the likes of Janis Joplin, Traffic, Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead all graced the Port Chester stage during its heyday.
In December 2011, Peter Shapiro announced that The Capitol Theatre would reopen with him at the helm, and the venue began yet a third round of serious renovations. As the owner of the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Shapiro has no shortage of experience when it comes to running successful live music venues. He planned to breathe new life into the historical theater—with state-of-the-art light, sound and video systems, and new carpets, repainted walls and upgraded bathrooms.
Meeting Dues will be $25 for IFMA Westchester / Hudson Valley Members and $50 for Non Members.
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