Old Capitol Theatre

170 E. Front Street,
Hancock, NY 13783

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Capitol Theatre, Hancock, NY

Built in 1910 as the Oddfellows Hall, by 1930 it was known as the Hancock Opera House and was screening movies.

In April 1939 it underwent remodeling and was renamed Capitol Theatre.

From the 1930’s until the mid-1960’s, the Capitol Theatre was run by Eva English and H.D. English, Jr. as the sole link in the H.D. English theater chain of Harden Theatres. Today, the Capitol Theatre hosts live performances by the Old Capitol Theater Players.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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turtlesher on August 11, 2008 at 10:48 am

The Old Capitol Theater is a great place to catch wonderful shows by The Little Victory Players.
You can even catch bands and even an Elvis Tribute artist appearance in the summer season.
Hancock NY is fortunate to have live theater right there in town!

LuisV on August 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Sadly, this theater status needs to be changed to CLOSED. I passed through this town last week. The cashier at the bakery across the street (which is really good btw) told me that it closed a few weeks ago after the owner kicked the theater company out for not being able to pay the rent. You can tell this theater dates back to 1910. But I couldn’t really tell that it retained very much of it original ornamentation if indeed it had some. It did not have seats. The town is kind of sad. I hope whatever business winds up taking it over keeps what little is left of the architectural legacy of this historic building.

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