Capitol Theatre

1308 Niagara Street,
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

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Capitol Theatre

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The Capitol Theatre in Niagara Falls, New York was opened in 1926, originally seating 1,400, with a balcony. C.R. Phelps, of Niagara Falls, was the builder of the theatre.

By 1934, it was part of the Basil Brothers chain, having been remodeled with seating reduced to 950.

Converted from a movie house in the 1950’s to Capitol Skateville. After a few incarnations as a skate park, the auditorium was last used as a warehouse.

Renovations are now underway with a re-opening as a concert venue planned for mid-2014.

Contributed by John McNab

Recent comments (view all 43 comments)

bflonyguy on August 13, 2010 at 6:04 am

Property is listed For Sale on CraigsList today. Contact for info.

jmissall on January 19, 2011 at 6:01 am

First off, thank you for having this wonderful website.

Tim McNab will be coming up from NJ and we will be touring the Captiol the first week in Feburary. John is Tim’s late brother. Everyone is invited to attend. Further details will be posted.

I unsuccessfully tried to save the nearby MELODY FAIR theatre (one of the last ‘in the round’ venues) from distruction, and am now turning my efforts towards the CAPITOL theatre.

It is our desire to renovate this viable structure into the Worlds 1st. Holographic Vaudeville house; where virtual and live actors will perform together on stage, without the audience having to wear special polarized glasses. YET TO SAVE THIS THEATRE WE WILL NEED COMMUNITY SUPPORT. It’s hard enough to find investors in today’s economy, but possible because Niagara Falls has been a popular tourist attraction for well over 100 years.

Much work needs to be done; new electrical service, plumbing, carpentry, painting, besides bringing everything upto to local fire codes. We wish to purchase and tear down the adjoining, delapitated building, that is collapsing in, and create a parking lot next to this venue. A marquee from the parking lot into the 3 store fronts (converted into a musesum froyer) will welcome vistors. The old tatoo palor building will be made into the theatres prop and maintenance shop; a 20' wide x 60' deep stage will be installed along with new seating, 5.1 sound, and lighting.

We would like to have a grand opening by the summer of 2012…but NEED YOUR HELP. We are looking for old photos, investors, preservationist, radio and tv personalities, and the local community to become involved. Please contact me at:


Capitoltheatre on November 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Capitol theatre in Niagara Falls, is being renovated and is set to reopen in Spring of 2013. The architect plans are viewable at, and in early December 2012, the new website is expected to be launched.

bflonyguy on November 22, 2012 at 3:49 am

This is an extremely ambitious project. Do you have more details? Links to other articles? Is financing in place?

Capitoltheatre on December 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm

yes, we are already in progress. you can see

Capitoltheatre on September 7, 2013 at 1:43 pm

website is active and has always been since Capitol Theatre was purchased. or

under renovations, will be open in either January 2014 or Spring 2014.

Jim_Missall on January 25, 2014 at 7:48 am

Website no longer active, seen drawings very impressive, still interested in creating 1st film/theatre venue.

Owner please contact me regarding status so we can work together.


Capitoltheatre on January 27, 2014 at 6:55 am

Lots of new construction will be starting around March 2014. Website is and has been current.

Get in touch with me this Summer. I will be ready to launch a grand reopening and discuss matters then.

We are going to be running a music venue. The theatre will also be available once completed — to rent out if you have an interest in holding your own shows or events there — on certain nights not conflicting with the music venue.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 17, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Did anything ever happen with the restoration and reopening of this theatre? It doesn’t seem to be active.

bflonyguy on February 17, 2015 at 4:11 pm

From the broken windows, I’m guessing no.

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