Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre One of Many Across Country

Vaudeville acts of the 1920s swept the nation, including Westchester. The acts have been rolling in since.

A Capitol Idea
We’re not the only ones with a Capitol Theatre.
While we pride ourselves on originality, sometimes we get caught up in a trend. Take the vaudeville venues that opened in the early 1920s with the name the “Capitol Theatre.” Though the vaudeville acts are out, many of the venues remain open today—and new Capitols have been added—and are in use as performing arts centers and movie houses. Ours was dormant for a while, but in September 2012, The Capitol Theatre re-opened with an inaugural concert featuring Bob Dylan, stealing the spotlight back. Here’s how our Capitol stacks up against a few others.

–> The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, NY
Opened: 1926/Capacity: 1,835
Used For: Live Music,
Special Events/Recent Programming:
My Morning Jacket, the Steve Miller Band
–> Capitol Theatre
Arlington, MA
Opened: 1925/Capacity: 150
Used for:
Movies/Recent Programming:
Life of Pi, Wreck-It Ralph
–> Capitol Theatre Center
Chambersburg, PA
Opened: 1927/Capacity:
852/Used For: Live Music,
Community Theater, Dance/Recent
Programming: Hagerstown Municipal
Band’s Holly Jolly Christmas Show,
Chambersburg Community
Theatre’s Bad Seed
–> Capitol Theatre
Wheeling, WV
Opened: 1928/Capacity:
2,400 Used For: Live Music/Recent
Programming: Ernie Haas And
Signature Sound, Martin Chalifour
–> Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center
Columbus, OH
Opened: 1989/Capacity:
903/Used For: Live Music,
Comedy, Dance, Theater/Recent
Programming: Aimee Mann, Mike Birbiglia 
–> The Capitol Theatre
Yakima, WA
Opened: 1920/Capacity:
1,510 Used For: Live Music,
Theater, Dance/Recent
Programming: Yakima Youth
Symphony, Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker


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