Capitol Theatre

1308 Niagara Street,
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

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Capitol Theatre

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 47 comments)

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Website no longer active, seen drawings very impressive, still interested in creating 1st film/theatre venue.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

Capitoltheatre on March 10, 2015 at 7:32 pm

It is coming along. Some kids broke some windows and they are beig repaired. Stay tuned for renovations kicking in Spring 2015.

bflonyguy on March 11, 2015 at 6:02 am

I’m with Niagara Falls Historic Preservation. Would you be willing to offer a tour to our members to generate some positive buzz? We could post pics and info on our website. Tried to view yours, but couldn’t find it.

LouB on December 7, 2015 at 8:40 pm

This theatre is featured in the book The Italians of Niagara, Vol. II.

LouB on July 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Theater remains boarded up.

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