How to Enjoy an Evening at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester

Rock concert at the Capitol Theatre in Port ChesterFor almost 90 years, the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, has played an integral role in the Westchester community. This 2,000 seat facility has hosted hundreds of musicians and comedians in its time and has entertained crowds as a concert hall, movie theater, and catering hall. Some of the biggest names in music have graced the Capitol stage, from Janis Joplin and Billy Idol to Phish and Katy Perry, and film classics like Casablanca and Gone With the Wind first delighted audiences for just 5 cents back in the day. With a rich history and fascinating past, the Capitol Theatre is a wonderful place to learn about and visit.

Take a Trip to the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester

Whether you’re a music-lover, movie buff, or historian, a visit to the Capitol is a must. Plus, when you stay at the Stanton House Inn in Greenwich, CT, you’ll be just a short fifteen-minute drive from the theatre and can enjoy an exciting night out with friends or a fun-filled date night at a show. Here are some things you’ll see at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.

Brief History

In 1926, the grand opening of the Capitol Theatre attracted thousands of patrons from far and wide with a performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” by a ten-piece orchestra and a showing of Sea Wolf. For decades afterward, audiences would flock to the theatre to enjoy renowned Hollywood pictures and double-feature matinees. By the late 60’s, however, movies were a thing of the past and live music was taking over. The Capitol Theatre hosted almost every major rock and roll act of the time period and quickly became a concert venue staple.

In the 80’s and 90’s, the theatre transformed frequently and served as a magnificent stage for plays, musicals, special events, and fundraisers. It wasn’t until 2011 when Peter Shapiro announced some serious renovations, including state-of-the-art light, sound, and video systems, that the Capitol Theatre became the premier rock palace that it is today.

Upcoming Events at the Capitol Theatre

No matter what time of year, there’s always something going on at the theatre. In addition, the theatre’s lobby bar, Garcia’s, hosts a variety of shows and performances for guests to enjoy in honor of Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia. Be sure to check their events calendar for a full list of artists and acts that will be making their way to the stage in the upcoming months! A few highlights for 2018 include:

  • Elvis Costello & The Imposters – 3/8, 3/9 & 3/11
  • Daughtry – 4/4 
  • Gary Clark Jr. – 6/7 & 6/8

Unwind at the Stanton House Inn

After an awesome show, head back to our beautiful bed and breakfast and continue your evening of fun! Feel free to unwind in one of our gorgeous rooms or suites, or stroll a few blocks to downtown Greenwich and enjoy a delicious meal or cocktail for relaxing ending to your day.

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