Thursday, June 29, 2006

Please Refrain From Talking During the Show

Several weeks back I commented that the Capital Theater was for sale, or to be more precise the building that housed the Capitol was for sale.

Since the theater closed in the late 1950's, the building has been used for office space, a bowling alley and most recently it was the home of the Sonho do Lar furniture store.

Although Mayor Lambert has long been in favor of seeing the Capitol restored he stated when the building came up for sale that the city would only consider purchasing it if it made financial sense.

It seemed as if fate would decide if the theater would ever be restored of if it would finally give way to renovation as office space or perhaps face the wrecking ball.

It seems the Capitol was about to be lost forever when Donna and Greg Viveiros looked into purchasing the property. Their intentions were to use the building as warehouse and office space, then they learned about the theater hidden behind the Sonho do Lar storefront.

Now the Viveiros' plan on restoring the Capitol to its former glory, but will need the help of the city and the community at large.

Here's hoping that after a 50 year absence that the Capitol Theater has a successful return to the downtown scene.

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