Renovations are underway at York City's historic Capitol Theatre, and what will emerge will be a mixture of its classic 20th-century roots and 21st-century technology.

The Capitol Theatre closed its doors April 21 to begin the $1.6 million full-scale interior renovation project, according to a news release.

The Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., had announced the renovation of the Capitol Theatre in January.

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The theater, originally built in 1906, seats 450 people and has been home to a variety of entertainment, performing arts, film, comedy and concerts over the years.

“This is something that our organization has wanted to do for probably 20 or 30 years,” said Todd Fogdall, Appell Center president and CEO.

However, they were unable to consider it until a few years ago for a variety of reasons, he said.

Fogdall said the goal is to maintain the classic feel of the theater by either maintaining or recreating its general layout, colors, stage and its 1927 Mighty Wurlitzer organ.

“All of that will stay exactly the same,” he said.

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However, there will be new seats and new restrooms that are ADA-compliant, LED lighting and expanded lobby and concession areas.  Also, a new wall will be placed to eliminate light and noise disruptions, and an upgraded film projector will give the theater the ability to screen films in the highest available picture quality. Audio enhancements also will be added, Fogdall said.

The project has been funded by the success of two community fundraising campaigns and a match program from a Pennsylvania First grant, according to the release.

The work is being led by Kinsley Construction, Fogdall said.

Although the grand reopening has been scheduled for October, plans to celebrate it are still in the works, he said.

New season: In addition to the announcement of its renovation project, the Appell Center has released its 2018-19 season preview. Tickets will go on sale to members Monday, May 7, and to the public Monday, May 14.

The season will begin with the return of Jeff Beck, who has been named by his peers as one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

The Glatfelter Insurance Broadway Series will include “Legally Blonde: The Musical” and “The Wizard of Oz.” The Kinsley Construction Holiday Series will showcase a new musical production of the classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” “A Christmas Carol" and "The Wizards of Winter."

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