The Rome Capitol Theatre has announced that they will be re-opening the historic theater to the public on July 17. The interior restoration of the 1928 building is expected to be mostly completed by that date, the restoration bringing back the appearance of the Capitol after its extensive 1939 renovation. The project was accomplished with funds from the New York State Downtown Revitalization program, from which the Capitol Civic Center, Inc. was awarded $2.5 million. Components of the project include custom made carpeting that is an exact replica of the carpet ordered in 1939, interior paint, finishes and plaster restoration, new seats in the orchestra section (which, in 1939, consisted of the original 1928 style seats completely painted and re-upholstered), and a new roof and associated projects. Also part of the funding is a restoration of the Capitol exterior façade to its 1928 appearance, including a replica of the original marquee and blade sign. Because of delays in construction and in the procurement of materials, the façade restoration is not expected to be completed until fall. (At that time a marquee-lighting ceremony will take place.)
The grand re-opening on July 17 will begin at 6:30 and will include a re-creation of a film show that played at the theater the week after its 1939 renovation (the feature film will be Golden Boy). Other shows in July will include dance performances by the O’Neill Studio of Dance and Comedy Central NY’s Suburban Dads of Comedy Tour. In addition to the 6:30 performance on July 17, there will be a reception and cocktail hour from 5-6 pm, featuring “sneak preview” tours of the newly restored facility. More information about the July 17 events will be announced soon.