Why You Need to Visit The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester

While staying in Greenwich, Connecticut, take a trip to the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Just 15 minutes from Stanton House Inn, Capitol Theatre is one of the best places to catch a concert during your stay. Learn the intriguing history of the venue and order a drink from Garcia’s, the lobby bar named in honor of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia.

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What You Need to Know About The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester

The History

Built in 1926 by the renowned architect Thomas W. Lamb, this building was originally created as a playhouse. Over the next 90 years, the venue’s purpose would change many times. When plays weren’t happening at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, movies were shown. Guests could watch films like Gone with the Wind and Casablanca for as little as five cents.

In the ’60s, live music had become all the rage. In response, the venue hosted more concerts and shows. With Howard Stein promoting the theater, major artists of the time graced the stage, including Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, and the Grateful Dead. Sadly, by the time the ’70s came around, a newly enforced noise ordinance forced the venue to close for almost a decade.

The property changed hands again when developer Marvin Ravikoff purchased it in 1983. His purchase brought plays and musicals back to the stage. Rock concerts continued through the ’90s hosting acts like Phish. The small venue no longer appealed to major musicians, so it was converted into a catering hall for big events. Once more, the theater was purchased in 2011.  The theater’s current owner, Peter Shapiro, vowed to restore the hall to a music venue.

Garcia’s Lobby Bar

Jerry Garcia once said: “There’s only two theaters, man…that are set up pretty groovy all around for music and for smooth stage changes, good lighting, and all that—the Fillmore and The Capitol Theatre. And those are the only two in the whole country.” Because of his love for the venue, The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester decided to name the popular lobby bar Garcia’s after the late musician. Enjoy a drink in the pub before a show and raise your glass to the man behind the name!

The Shows

After being purchased by concert promoter, filmmaker, and magazine publisher Peter Shapiro, the venue has returned to its former glory welcoming major and smaller musical acts. Check the schedule for a full future lineup of performers.

Recently, modern stars like Daughtry, The Shins, and Modest Mouse have performed in the historic theatre. Classic bands like Hot Tuna and ZZ Top have also performed here. Though big names are still attracted to The Capitol Theatre, lesser-known bands have been given the opportunity to play, too. Regular Grateful Dead cover bands grace the stage along with acts like The String Cheese Incident and Neko Case.

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Less than five miles from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, the Stanton House Inn is the best New England bed and breakfast! Conveniently located near New York City and popular Connecticut attractions, our inn offers luxurious accommodations and services in a modern, comfortable setting. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning, as well as access to the gardens and outdoor pool from May through October.

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