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Capitol Theatre to celebrate Grand Opening in late May

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The Wilson Post

Bob and Pam Black didnt know exactly what to expect when they began the Capitol Theatre Project; however, the couple has remained dedicated in their mission to give back to the community they love.

The theatre, which first opened in 1949, has long been a spot of interest on the Lebanon Public Square. Those who were around in the 1950s recount tales of seeing movies and taking dates to the theatre, while those who were born after the Capitols heyday have often wondered Why doesnt someone revitalize this building?

In an attempt to spruce up the Square and provide a unique venue for concerts, parties, movies, recitals, weddings and more the Blacks have worked tirelessly to restore the Capitol Theatre to its former glory and are eagerly anticipating opening to the public in May.

Pam Black graciously gave The Wilson Post a sneak peek inside of the Capitol Theatre as General Contractor Tim Stockton and his crew were busy scraping, painting, lighting and renovating the facility.

The Capitol Theatres reconstruction began in 2010 with a new roof, Black said. In October 2012, Stockton began working inside of the building, installing new wiring, plumbing, heat and air.

Black confessed that she didnt get knee-deep into the restoration until it came time for interior design. She carefully chose an array of pale green tiles for the restrooms and cream, red and an Armagnac-rust paint for the walls.

It is more art deco in style, she said. We tried to play off of the original colors that were popular when this was built.

Although the theatre has numerous rooms that can be used for a variety of functions, the most breathtaking view is in the four-tiered auditorium, which features forest green curtains, patterned carpet leading down to the final hardwood floor, an extended stage, 4-foot wall sconces and three starry chandeliers.

During the tour, Stockton was setting up black railing at the edge of each tier in the auditorium which will be able to hold 244 guests with tables and chairs and a maximum of 500 seated theater-style.

I cant say enough about Tim. He has been right on top of everything and has done a wonderful job, Black said.

To the left, as guests exit the auditorium, there are two distinct markings one for where a staircase will be placed and another for an even more elaborate chandelier once owned by actor Johnny Depp.

We have always wanted to do something to help the Square and the town. When we came to Lebanon, Bob was in heaven, she added. We have thought about all the things we can do here and it is exciting.

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