With the Oscars taking place, many people have show business on their minds this weekend. Do you ever have the urge to just go out for a great movie, or watch a live performance? Then, you may want to check out Capitol Theatre if you haven’t already.
The historic Capitol Theatre, located in downtown Chambersburg, celebrated its original, regal grand, opening back in 1927. At the time, the theatre was owned by Pottstown Theatre Company and served as a classy, fashionable movie house and performing arts center. The theatre’s ownership changed hands many times throughout the course of its operation and was later purchased by Downtown Chambersburg, Inc. back in 1996. Massive renovations and restorations were done to recapture the theatre’s original elegance, splendor, and much more.
By 2003, the theatre was re-introduced and renovated with expanded venues, increased charm, and a nostalgic essence of restoration to take visitors back to the original heydays of the theatre’s operations. The Capitol’s original, historic main stage and auditorium are still the featured attractions, but expansions can be seen in the newly added Wood Center Stage Theatre—a “dramatically beautiful” multipurpose space available to rent for various theatrical, social, and corporate events. It also serves as the site for the Chambersburg Community Theatre, the Chambersburg Ballet Theatre School, and the Council for the Arts.
The Capitol Theatre now operates independently and is governed by a dedicated volunteer Board of Trustees—the Capitol Theatre Foundation. Its ongoing mission is to serve the community by providing year-round cultural enrichment and to meet the broad, diverse interests of its patrons. It also serves as the main area venue for community artistic events as well as national, live touring shows and programs.
The 852 seat historic theatre draws in crowds of thousands every year. Stepping into the theatre’s grand architectural hub is an experience in itself, as patrons soon realize upon their first visits. The theatre features an elegant lobby, concession area, coatroom, wheelchair ramp entrance, elevators, and even a mezzanine.
In addition to ongoing live shows and events, the theatre often presents regular movie showings. Earlier this month, there was a special Frozen event that took place and sold out quickly! In addition to a listing of upcoming March events, the Capitol Theatre will hold a few upcoming beer-tasting/wine-tasting events. The 6th Annual Blues, Brews, and Barbeque is slated for the first Saturday in May, and the 7th Annual Pop A Cork will take place in August.
Come and rediscover the glamor and splendor of tinsel town in a bygone era, practically in your own backyard. Capitol Theatre is located at 159 S. Main Street, Chambersburg, PA. For more information, call 717-263-0202 or visit www.thecapitoltheatre.org.