Capitol Theatre

149 Westchester Avenue,
Port Chester, NY 10573

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DomZ on April 24, 2014 at 11:15 pm

The Capitol is doing great as a music venue and is properly managed. They even have a bar named “Garcia’s” that was approved by the family of Jerry Garcia. I wish that they would show some classic revival movies on nights when concerts were not scheduled.

Roger James Smith
Roger James Smith on June 25, 2013 at 3:33 pm

The Capitol is BACK!

bicyclereporter on August 6, 2012 at 9:47 am

For real!

ACooke108 on February 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

It’s back!!!!!!!!!!!!

gd14lawn on December 21, 2011 at 1:04 am

Looks like concerts are returning to the Capitol!

mempheel on June 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Here’s a live stream of a Dead show at the Cap on 6/24/70 that DHeads swear is an all-time classic: View link
(I’m listening to it right now & digging it very much)

dennisbo on April 10, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I started working at the Capitol in october 1968 ,and still work there 42 years later !

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on March 15, 2008 at 3:31 pm

What a wonderful theater. It is to bad that the interior is all painted white. This seems to be quite common as a lot of old movie palaces that have become venues for other things have had their interiors white washed in some misguided attempt at good taste. The original architects not only oversaw the design of the building but also the interior including the colors used in the decorations, the fabrics used and the interior furnishings. Thereby giving a complete visual package. While the furnishings are usually long gone their is no reason why the colors of the paint can not be replicated. Paint is paint so why use all white?

capitolbride on March 15, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Hi Chris! My fiance and I are getting married at the Capitol Theatre in June. Any plans to take “The Cakeman Chronicles” on the road to Westchester? We would love to take our family and friends to a local performance.


cakescassone on February 25, 2008 at 10:25 pm

For years I have kept it to myself but now with this renewed interest in the Capitol, I have put my escapades into a one act play…namely…I lived up the street at 408 Westchester Ave. My family ran a bakery, J.J. Cassone’s, and I developed the slickest way to get into the Capitol – A Cake for the Band! It worked EVERY time and I got to hang out with the stars after I presented them with their cake. Howard and later, Eddie Claridge, loved it because their stars were happy. It got so easy and I got so cocky that I brought a friend, Doug Abdelnour (who ownd Bedford Photographic) to take pictures. We have Bonnie Raitt, Ginger Baker and Climax Blues Band. But I gave cakes to them all…even met Janis the night she wrote “Mercedes Benz” in Vahsen’s next door.
This will all be documented in my one act musical, “The Cakeman Chronicles” to be performed in Carmel on April 26, 2008, at
Then at the Unknown Theater in Hollywood in October. And, btw, I go back to seeing double features there in the 50’s and 60’s. In the early 60’s they had “monster” saturdays where they would show a dbl feature horror bill and in the middle would have guys dressed up as Frankenstein and Dracula running up and down the aisles. Hey, we got scared…it was new shtick then.

sviola1160 on September 27, 2006 at 1:39 pm

Wow, how cool is that?? All those bands were in my hometown! I’m proud to say I’m from Port Chester but unfortunately I was only 11 years old at the time all those bands were playing there and I wasn’t really into rock until Frampton Comes Alive! came out. THAT album changed my life! In fact, I got the CD after seeing the concert last week. I was kind of shocked to see how old he got – kind of made my a little sad – I think I’m going through a midlife crisis or something! Sue

Ziggy on September 27, 2006 at 1:28 pm

Hey Lost Memory, I contacted the Westchester Historical Society, and they sent me a nice reply and corrected the info on their website. So thanks to you, and Warren, for your input.

sviola1160 on September 27, 2006 at 12:52 pm

I narrowed my search further but didn’t come up with just one list but that’s okay. I was really wondering if Humble Pie ever played at the Capitol. I recently saw Peter Frampton at the Palace Theater in Stamford and now I’m really into the 70’s classic rock once again :). Sue

sviola1160 on September 25, 2006 at 2:44 pm

Thanks so much Mike!! Sue

mikemorano on September 25, 2006 at 2:13 pm

I used the Google search engine sviola. For a search string enter Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY bands. The search results will return many pages with bands that performed at the Capitol Theatre.

sviola1160 on September 25, 2006 at 12:59 pm

Thanks Mike, I appreciate the help. Where did you get your information? Is it listed on the net?

Ziggy on September 25, 2006 at 11:00 am

Hi Lost Memory, Thanks for the great photo! Is there some way to contact the Westchester County Archives so that they can correct the misinformation that went with the photo? Thomas Lamb did not design the first Madison Square Garden, I believe that was McKim, Meade, and White, and that most of it was Stanford White’s work. Also, the Capitol is certainly NOT “art deco”.

mikemorano on September 25, 2006 at 10:47 am

These are some bands that played the Capitol Theatre in the 1970’s. Check internet for more.
Santana Capitol Theatre Port Chester NY 6/13/1970
John Lee Hooker Capitol Theatre Port Chester NY 6/13/1970
Grateful Dead Capitol Theatre Port Chester NY 2/18/71
Yes Tour Capitol Theatre Port Chester NY 7/15/71
Livingston Taylor Capitol Theatre Port Chester NY 9/29/1974
John Sebastian Capitol Theatre Port Chester NY 9/29/1974

sviola1160 on September 25, 2006 at 10:11 am

Is there a list anywhere on the internet of the bands that played at the Capitol in the 1970’s? I’m just curious since I grew up in Port Chester but at the time I wasn’t old enough to attend the concerts!


Divinity on November 5, 2004 at 1:05 am

It unfortunately appears that the halls and auditorium have been painted over. Was this theatre originally dripping with brilliant color?

RobertR on April 8, 2004 at 9:51 am

If a theatre cant be used for movies or live shows this would be the next best thing. Except for leveling the floor, the theatre could be returned to movies in a heartbeat.