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Capitol Theatre Renovation Project Underway - Grand Reopening Fall 2018

May 18, 2018

The Appell Center for the Performing Arts is excited to announce that the Capitol Theatre renovation project has officially begun. As announced in January 2018, the historic Capitol Theatre is undergoing a $1.6 million full-scale interior renovation made possible by the success of two community fundraising campaigns and a match program from a Pennsylvania First Grant. The Capitol Theatre, originally built in 1906, is a 450-seat historic theatre located in the heart of downtown York city, next to the Strand Theatre on the corner of Philadelphia and George Streets. The theatre is home to a variety of entertainment and performing arts events each year including film, comedy, concerts and other community gatherings.

The renovation plans for the Capitol Theatre will preserve the unique charm and rich history of the facility while also enhancing the patron experience with modern amenities such as new seats, new restrooms (including an ADA accessible restroom), improved sightlines, expanded lobby and concessions areas, and a new wall to eliminate light and noise disruptions. Additionally, the recent purchase of a dCinema projector will arm the Capitol Theatre with the technology required to screen films in the highest available picture quality. Audio enhancements will also accompany the visual upgrades.

The Capitol Theatre renovation project is a collective community effort by Kinsley Construction, Warehaus design firm and Capital Construction Management. The Capitol Theatre officially closed its doors the evening of April 21 after a successful CapLive performance. All theatre seats have been removed and interior demolition is officially underway. Plans are already in development for a grand reopening week of events in October 2018 to welcome the entire York community back to the newly renovated theatre.

“On behalf of the Kinsley, we are honored to be working on the Capitol Theatre renovation project. As the construction team of record for the Strand Theatre renovation in 2001-2003, we are excited to be back, this time to focus on the Capitol Theatre. The Strand and Capitol Theatres mean so much to the community and play an essential role in the continued revitalization of downtown York. This renovation project has been in a long time in the making and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Jan L. Wagner, Vice President of Kinsley Construction Inc.