Capitol Theatre

1308 Niagara Street,
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

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Capitoltheatre
Capitoltheatre on January 27, 2014 at 4:55 am

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

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.

Jim_Missall
Jim_Missall on January 25, 2014 at 5:48 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Website no longer active, seen drawings very impressive, still interested in creating 1st film/theatre venue.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.

Thanks

Capitoltheatre
Capitoltheatre on September 7, 2013 at 10:43 am

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

www.capitoltheatre.net or www.capitoltheatre.info

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

Capitoltheatre
Capitoltheatre on December 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm

yes, we are already in progress. you can see www.capitoltheatre.info

bflonyguy
bflonyguy on November 22, 2012 at 1:49 am

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

Capitoltheatre
Capitoltheatre on November 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm

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

jmissall
jmissall on January 19, 2011 at 4:01 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:


digitaltheatrics@roadrunner..com
1-716-392-7988

Thanks.

bflonyguy
bflonyguy on August 13, 2010 at 3:04 am

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 2, 2009 at 4:38 pm

The website that was posted on the theater building is no longer operational.

Padawg
Padawg on March 9, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Drove by on ¾/2009 – still there, vacant and with for sale signs.

LouB
LouB on May 13, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Theatre is for sale.

Patsy
Patsy on December 5, 2007 at 12:12 pm

So sorry to read this. Keep CT members posted on future developments. I had hoped to meet Mr. McNab this past summer, but never got that opportunity.

LouB
LouB on December 5, 2007 at 12:09 pm

Patsy:It doesn’t look that way. Renovation has stopped since Mr. McNab’s passing.

Patsy
Patsy on December 5, 2007 at 11:59 am

LOUB: Has anyone taken over this theatre since the sad passing of John McNab?

LouB
LouB on December 5, 2007 at 9:28 am

View link

The above website deals with the opening of the Capitol in 1926.

LouB
LouB on September 19, 2007 at 8:27 am

Council Chairman Robert Anderson Jr. opened the business meeting in recognition of planning board member John McNab, who passed away Wednesday morning at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. McNab also served on the city’s tourism advisory board and was active in other city issues.

The above article appeared in the Niagara Gazette and refers to a recent City Council meeting.

Patsy
Patsy on September 15, 2007 at 9:23 am

View link

I think it is worth re-posting this article with photo as a memorial to John and his theatre work. Rest in peace, John.

Patsy
Patsy on September 15, 2007 at 9:16 am

LOUB: I had planned to see this theatre and meet John this summer, but didn’t get there and now this news which is so very sad. He was too young to leave us!

LouB
LouB on September 15, 2007 at 9:09 am

Patsy:I’m not sure what will happen. Renovating this theater is quite an undertaking.John McNab wiil be missed!

Patsy
Patsy on September 14, 2007 at 7:15 am

LOUB: So very sad to read this. Will there be someone else to take over for John and “his” theatre in Niagara Falls NY?

LouB
LouB on September 14, 2007 at 5:53 am

View link

Sad to state but the above website reports that John McNab,who was in the processs of renovating the Capitol, has died.

Patsy
Patsy on March 21, 2007 at 3:36 am

I recently received a very nice email from Mr. John McNab, Capitol owner and he has given me permission to post his words and wonderful story.

Patsy, Thank you for the kind words of encouragement. What I have here is truly a “diamond in the rough”. This place was used for storage for the “Festival of Lights” and then as a contractor’s warehouse post 1965. I have heard so many wonderful stories….one Saturday afternoon I was in the theatre cleaning the place when an older gentleman appeared in the doorway. He was dressed in a suit & tie and walked with a cane. He said “Excuse me sir…may I see your theatre?”. I said “Of course”. He walked in far enough to see up into the balcony turned around and with his voice a little shaky he said to me “I kissed my bride, for the first time, right up there” and pointed to the right side of the balcony. Well, as you can imagine, we both had to compose ourselves..tender moment? You bet. Anyway you and your friends are welcome to see the theatre anytime. Peace, John

Patsy
Patsy on March 20, 2007 at 3:20 am

LOUB: Thanks for the website information as I just sent Mr. McNabb an email though I didn’t grow up in the Buffalo area. If anyone on CT did, I urge you to send this man a personal email as I know he would like to read about your memories of the Capitol Theatre which might help him in his restoration efforts.

LouB
LouB on March 19, 2007 at 1:21 am

http://www.capitoltheatreniagara.com/

Patsy: This is the web site posted on the theatre.

LouB
LouB on March 18, 2007 at 11:32 pm

Patsy: I do remember the balcony as being part of the roller rink when I skated there,although that was 40 years ago. My father, who is deceased used to talk about working at the theater.