York City's Capitol Theatre set for $1.6 million summer renovation

David Weissman
York Dispatch
A rendering of the renovated Capitol Theatre in downtown York's The Appell Center for Performing Arts. (Photo courtesy of Appell Center)

The historic Capitol Theatre in downtown York will close this summer for a $1.6 million full-scare renovation project.

First built in 1906, the 450-seat theater — part of The Appell Center for the Performing Arts — will close May 1, with a projected re-opening date of Oct. 1, according to Becki Fellin, the center's director of marketing.

The renovation — funded in part by a $700,000 state grant — will feature all new seating, new restrooms and an expanded, closed-off lobby, Fellin said.

Construction also will focus on preserving the historical significance of the space, she added.

All other spaces in the center, including The Strand, will remain open during the renovation, and Fellin said the timing is strategic because they tend to have less business during the summer months.

The Capitol Theatre in downtown York was first built in 1906.

Fellin said the ultimate goal is to increase the number of events held at the center from about 125 per year, where it is currently, to about 200 per year.

"We feel so fortunate to have received the funding necessary to make this renovation possible," Todd Fogdall, the center's president and CEO, said in a news release.

"This renovation is a big step toward our goal of the Capitol Theatre housing over 200 nights of performing arts and entertainment each year, all of which supports the ultimate goal of a more vibrant and economically flourishing downtown York — a city where people want to live, work and play,” he added.

— Correction: This article has been corrected to state that the projected re-opening date will be Oct. 1. It originally stated that date as Aug. 1.