159 S. Main Street,
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Capitol Theatre, Chambersburg (Official)
Architects: Maurice R. Rhoads
Styles: Spanish Colonial
News About This Theater
Opened on February 3, 1927 with Norma Shearer in “The Waning Sex”. Rhis gem of a theatre has never been closed, except for a brief period in 1945 and again in 2002, for redecorating and renovations. Still proudly playing in the orchestra pit is the original Moller Theater Pipe Organ, which was totally rebuilt and enlarged in the 1990’s.
Purchased by my wife and I in 1980, to save it from demolition, we continued as a first-run movie house until August of 1985 when, because of a multiplex just built around the corner, we were unable to compete. Chosing our first love, live stage. With the encouragement and help of the local Community Theater group, it all happened and ever since has been the venue for acts, big and small, big names and unknowns.
In 1996, the Chamber of Commerce offered to purchase it from us, with the plans to greatly improve the building. As a non-profit, they were able to raise millions of dollars, greatly expand and improve the building, and continue to bring live performance to the community.
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