Posted in music | venues on June 20, 2012

Capitol Theater projection test (photo by theater's production manager Jon Dindas)
Capitol Theater

As mentioned, the historic Capitol Theater, which is located in Port Chester, NY and has been home to the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and more, is making its return and will be booked/operated by Brooklyn Bowl owner Peter Shapiro, in partnership with Bowery Presents. Shapiro tells us he is "very excited" at how the renovations are going and as revealed in a video which you can watch below, the theater is set to open this September. Stay tuned for the initial lineup announcement.

Peter is working with longtime Pink Floyd lighting designer Marc Brickman on the theater's lighting design and NYC Production House Batwin & Robin is consulting on projections, that will be able to project on to the theater's ceiling during shows, which you can see a test shot of in the picture above (check out a larger version of the trippy scene HERE).

Venue video below...

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The Cap is Back

The Cap Is Back from Capitol Theatre on Vimeo.

Video credits :
Directed by Philip Di Fiore
Animation by Steven Mertens
Sound Design & Mix by Albert Di Fiore
Produced by The Rumpus Room---

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Comments (28)

Hmmmm... kind of looks like one of the gates in that Lands of Lore II game.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 9:40 AM

Can't wait for this to open! Grateful Dead had a legendary run of shows here in 1970.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 9:45 AM

That video is kinda neat.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 10:06 AM

Cool! Seems like Port Chester is having a rebirth of sorts lately...

Posted by NixonRaygun | June 20, 2012 10:14 AM

The Bowery Presents tightens its stranglehold on the tristate area.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 10:17 AM

Wasn't there a Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ too?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 10:17 AM

"Nobody rocks like....(pause, looks at back of guitar) Port Chester!"

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 10:19 AM

I've seen shows here - great venue

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 10:20 AM

thats absolutely amazing. westchester needs a good rock venue!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 10:38 AM

that promo was top notch and made me want to see a show there - mission accomplished I'd say. been told that I'd been there before to see joe jackson in 1994 or 95. i'll have to take them on their word i was there because hell if i can remember it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 11:15 AM

I haven't been to Port Chester in a long time. Last time all it was, was drunken Mexicans staggering around. Is it still a dump?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 11:31 AM

beautiful interior from what i recall back in the early 70's- it was Westchester's answer to the Fillmore East, often getting the same shows 1 week before or after the Fillmore.

Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2012 11:32 AM

It's good for students who go to Purchase but yeah Port Chester is still a dump

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 12:47 PM

Port Chester isn't really a "dump" but it's more like a "bump" of shitty coke.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 2:22 PM

yeah still basically mostly drunken Mexicans.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 2:38 PM

Port Chester is 4 ok restaurants with very little parking, along with the dump. The Capitol is smack in the middle of the dump. Will be interesting to see if it drives further revitalization/investment in the area.

Posted by drunk caucasian | June 20, 2012 3:00 PM

"thats absolutely amazing. westchester needs a good rock venue!"

you obviously havent been to the Tarrytown Music Hall.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 3:17 PM

"you obviously havent been to the Tarrytown Music Hall."

you obviously haven't either or you'd know it blows

i can't wait for the Capitol to open...

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 7:04 PM

Tarrytown is great for more acoustic-leaning acts. I'm hoping the Capitol gets more rock bookings

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 8:04 PM

Thank you for a great post on a grand venue. This is going to be a very special venue. It is so being done with rock concert audio/visual experience in mind, love it.

Posted by Edward Jennings | June 20, 2012 8:43 PM

Fantastic news about the Capitol. I can't wait. I saw many conerts there years back. It will be beautiful once again.
Good luck and Thank you very much for bringing back "The Cap" :-)

Posted by TG | June 20, 2012 10:22 PM

Concerts....LOL

Posted by TG | June 20, 2012 10:24 PM

There was a time in the late 90s early 2000s where there was a music resurgence. The Ramones played there. Bad Religion and Goldfinger. Megadeth and Korn. I'm very excited for this as it is my hometown and really hope my band of 12 years gets to take the stage and rock out for the hometown fans!!

Posted by Andy LaBella | June 21, 2012 10:14 AM

"you obviously havent been to the Tarrytown Music Hall."

"you obviously haven't either or you'd know it blows"

"i can't wait for the Capitol to open..."

the only thing about the Tarrytown Music Hall that blows is the security. The acoustics and size are top notch. you probably live in Rockland, idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 10:27 AM

Bowery presents is a corporate nightmare of a company.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 6:34 PM

Any idea when tickets will go on sale for J Geils on Sept 19?

Posted by Joe | July 24, 2012 4:28 PM

Bowery presents is a corporate nightmare of a company.


Really? When I think of corporate nightmare promotors, I think of AEG and Live Nation LONG before BP comes to mind.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 4:45 PM

Tue 9/04 - TO BE ANNOUNCED
Fri 9/07 - The Roots / Bob Weir solo
Sat 9/08 - Hugh Laurie & The Copper Bottom Band
Sun 9/09 - Buddy Guy / Jonny Lang
Fri 9/14 - The Roots
Wed 9/19 - The J. Geils Band
Fri 9/21 - The Roots
Sat 9/22 - Kenny Wayne Shepherd / Robert Cray
Tue 9/25 - Dirty Projectors
Thu 9/27 - David Gray
Fri 12/28 - My Morning Jacket

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 10:42 AM

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