The Capital Theater, which 40 years ago once broke from the shadow of many iconic New York City music venues by housing shows with Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd, looks to return to it’s past glory with a $2 million makeover and a stacked Fall concert lineup.
The 1,800-seat theater will feature shows from legendary artists Buddy Guy (with Jonny Lang), the J. Geils Band, Warren Haynes, Al Green, The Moody Blues and the Steve Miller Band. Contemporary acts like My Morning Jacket, Fiona Apple, Ben Folds Five and Regina Spektor will also appear at Port Chester’s newly renovated theater.
Peter Shapiro has spent $2 million cleaning up the Capitol Theater and giving the venue’s legendary acoustics some extra kick; he’s installed an arena-size lighting system, ten high-definition projectors and an advanced sound system. Having been used primarily for private events and as a rehearsal destination for the likes of Bob Dylan, Shapiro aims to make the Capitol Theater a home for live music, something it hasn’t done in 15 years since the Rolling Stones and David Bowie performed special MTV events there.
“You can’t create a rock palace,” said Shapiro, whom is also a co-founder of Brooklyn Bowl. “You can only reinvent one, and I am fortunate to have one. This is a queen. This is not a princess. That means giving her the best sound available in the world.”
The theater’s first show comes on September 4 with a yet-to-be announced performer, but Shapiro promises it will be a big one.
“We are in discussions with an iconic artist who would be a fitting way to welcome live music back to the Capitol Theater,” Shapiro said.
Depending on the show, tickets at the revitalized Capitol Theater will run anywhere from $20 to $200. For tickets and complete concert calender, go to thecapitaltheater.com.
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