Join us for the grand re-opening of the historic Capitol Theatre on July 17, 2021, the program beginning at 6:30 pm. The event is designed to showcase the interior of the Capitol, which has been restored to its 1939 appearance. The paint throughout the public portions of the building has been completely re-done in its 1939 style, as have the carpeting, the orchestra section seats, and other features of the building. The restoration was made possible through a New York State Downtown Revitalization Grant, administered by the City of Rome.
The multi-part program will commence with remarks from elected leaders, and noted personages in the audience will be acknowledged. Following will be an excerpt from an in-progress documentary by Rick E. Lewis about the restoration of the theater, and the first part of the program will conclude with a 15-minute medley of 1939 songs played by world-renown theater organist David Peckham (2016 American Theater Organ Society Organist of the Year) on the theater’s original Möller organ, which is in the process of an extensive restoration overseen by Mr. Peckham.
The remaining part of the program will consist of a recreation of a film show that ran the week after the Capitol’s renovation in October of 1939. The feature film, Golden Boy (Columbia, 1939) will be preceded by a supporting program of 1939 short subjects, including a Fox Movietone newsreel and a cartoon. (The 35mm film print of Golden Boy will be provided by Sony Pictures in Los Angeles, and the newsreel will come from the UCLA Film & Television Archive, also of Los Angeles.)
6:30 Remarks by elected leaders and introduction of dignitaries
6:45 Excerpt from Capitol Theatre restoration documentary
6:50 Organ Specialties, “A 1939 Song Cycle” (David Peckham at the Capitol Console)
7:05 A recreation of the show that ran at the Rome Capitol Theatre October 12-14, 1939
Fox Movietone News (1939). 10 minutes
Old Glory (WB, July 1, 1939). 5 minutes
Golden Boy (Columbia, September 5, 1939) directed by Rouben Mamoulian; with Barbara
Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, and William Holden (film debut); from the play by Clifford
Odets. 99 minutes
Due to Covid restrictions there will be limited seating available, and those wishing to attend are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance.
- July 17, 2021 6:30 pm