Historic discoveries at Capitol Theatre


Historic discoveries have been uncovered during renovations at the Capitol Theatre in York.

Todd Fogdall, the President and CEO of the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, says crews found several things believed to be nearly 100 years old.

“When you’re doing a project like this, and you’re working in a historic theatre built in 1906, renovated in 1926, this is the stuff you kind of hope you’ll find,” Fogdall said.

“We actually discovered a couple of paintings close to the ceiling on the side walls, and we think they may date back to the 1920s,” said Rebecca Fellin, the Marketing Director for the Appell Center for the Performing Arts.

Several paintings were previously covered up by curtains. “We didn’t know they would be there, so we’re planning to keep them preserved,” Fellin said. 

Crews uncovered something else historic during renovations inside the front room. 

“Under the carpet, we found some old, very detailed ornate tiling, which we think could have been somewhere in the 1920s to 1940s that was put in,” Fellin said.

The third discovery, movie ticket stubs, are believed to be from the late 1930s to the 1960s. The prices on the tickets range from 25 to 70 cents.

“It’s always kind of cool when you feel like you’re uncovering something that was from an era of time gone by,” Fellin said.

“It’s so cool. You look at them and you say when are these from? Who had these things? You start to picture it. What were people wearing? What were people driving then? Who was president?” Fogdall said.

Renovations at the Capitol Theatre should be completed by this October

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