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Capitol Theatre Closes For Summer For Seat Replacement Project

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Inside Wheeling's Capitol Theatre, a lot of work is already under way to upgrade the patron's experience.

The 2,500 seats in the theater were built in 1946.

They are being unbolted from the floor, one by one, to be replaced by new seats, slightly larger, and with much more leg room.

"We're going to be eliminating three whole rows across the back," says Denny Magruder, executive Director of the Greater Wheeling Sports and Entertainment Authority. "So there will be some additional leg room, more room to get in and out of the aisles, some better spacing."

The heavy velvet curtains will be replaced, some of the woodwork will be refinished, and many things will be upgraded as they go.

"It's going to be a long summer," says Magruder. "It's like remodeling an old home. When you tear some things out, you might find things you didn't know were there. So we'll just deal with that as we come to it."

Theater lovers and antiques fanciers will have a chance to buy the old seats.

The new ones will be architecturally true to the theater's Beaux Arts style.

Handicap seats will be scattered throughout the venue, not just in one place.

And this fall, the patrons of this theater--that was brought back from the edge of extinction--will have even more to celebrate.

"I think when folks return here to see an event in September, they're going to see a whole different interior," says Magruder. "The patrons have been so patient for the last three-and-a-half years. They're going to see and feel the new theater, so it's an exciting summer."

The old seats will be sold to any interested buyers.

They say you can get as many as 15 seats for $100.

To find out more about how to buy some of the seats, you can call (304) 214-7005.