Lots of applause for Capitol project

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We’re happy to see that our historic downtown Capitol Theatre is garnering some statewide attention after the major renovation that returned the landmark’s interior and exterior to their original glory.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo noted: “Our efforts to build back New York better than it was before include bolstering the arts and cultural offerings in communities throughout the state. The newly renovated Capitol Theatre will once again serve as an anchor institution that both reminds us of our past and inspires us toward a brighter, more prosperous future for all.”

The project was funded through a $2.5 million grant from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative; the renovations and improvements are aimed at reestablishing the iconic venue as a regional hub for stage and screen presentations. The project restored the structure to its 1939 interior and exterior appearances, and it represents only the second cohesive, all-inclusive refurbishment since it first opened in 1928.

Other top officials taking note of the major rehab included Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul; Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-47, Rome; Assembly Member Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy; Secretary of State Rossana Rosadoo; and Eric Gertler, Empire State Development acting commissioner and president & CEO-designate.

Besides the importance of preserving the historic theater, it is hoped that a vital Capitol will create a magnet for redevelopment, business, new jobs, greater economic and housing diversity, and opportunity downtown.

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