Capitol Theatre: Making a Comeback with Bob Dylan
  • MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2012

  • Posted by: Jean Lee

Lyrical great Bob Dylan is kicking off the reopening of the historical Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, on September 4th.

The Capitol Theatre, set in suburban Port Chester, opened in 1926 as a duel venue for movies and Vaudeville. The theatre was closed by the Skouras Theatre Corporation in 1966 and was then reopened as a stage space for live acts. It became a center for big name acts in the late 60s and early 70s. In 1976 a ban on live music after 1AM was issued and The Capitol's pop era came to an end. The theatre, left unused, began to age and decay.

In the 1980s, Marvin Ravikoff slowly began to renovate the building. The Capitol had a slow re-growth as Ravikoff rented the stage space to theatre companies and a few rock concerts in the early 90s. The Capitol's last big concerts to date were those of David Bowie and the Rolling Stones for a still-music-playing MTV in 1997. It was then used primarily for private endeavors and as a practice/rehearsal space for musicians like Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel.

Today, as in right now, Peter Shapiro is preparing the Capitol Theatre for its reopening as a commercial concert space. Back in the day the theatre played host to the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, and many others. Now musicians like Fiona Apple, Herbie Hancock, Regina Spektor, and Ben Folds Five are scheduled to play, this fall, winter, and the coming spring.

All of this is being kicked off with a protest song master/legend who played the stage in its earlier iteration.

Bob Dylan will perform in what used to be his practice space, to an audience of 1,800. If you want to be one of those 1,800 note that, according to the website, tickets go on presale August 13th (on the site) and the official sale starts August 17th.
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