Capitol Theater Renovation

The community is in the process of imagining a new arts and culture destination. The Danville Business Alliance will bring it to life.

A catalytic arts and entertainment development would bring vibrancy to downtown Danville, contribute to the overall economic health of existing businesses, and enrich the lives of every resident. The DBA is the driving force behind an effort to revitalize the old Capitol Theater.

Theater Revitalization Effort

The historic Capitol Theater at 117-123 Mill Street was opened in 1936 and for many years the 1,000 seat venue offered first-run movies, live music, and nationally-known acts. For the last 30 years, the theater has been in disuse and the building, while well-preserved, has only been partially occupied during that time.

To add vibrancy to our downtown, the DBA has begun the process of re-imagining 21st century uses for the largest building in downtown Danville. To aid its efforts, the DBA was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and a $8,000 grant from the Appell Preservation Fund to complete an initial study into the feasibility of acquiring, renovating, and operating a community arts and culture center. Arts leaders and arts development experts are engaging the community to determine their wishes and desires.

The DBA’s Economic Restructuring Committee is providing project oversight to ensure any new arts and culture center in Danville complements our existing assets, contributes to the vibrancy of our downtown, and does not unduly strain our infrastructure.

The initial study and planning phase should be completed by late 2016.

 

Lend Your Support

In these early stages, there are three specific ways you can help the dream of creating an arts and culture center to Danville.

  1. Support the DBA
    The DBA is the only organization responsible for spearheading the theater renovation project. Therefore, any donation to the DBA will be invested in the operations that allow us to pursue these worthwhile projects that benefit the entire community.

  2. Join the Foundation Society
    The DBA has negotiated a lease with the building's current owner as an interim step to possibly purchasing the building and is looking for 20 individuals, families or businesses that would like to be a part of the arts center from the beginning. Your $500 donation will be used to cover one month's rent for the theater space.

    The Foundation Society has only a few remaining openings. Please contact the DBA if you would like to join.

  3. Provide Your Input
    The public's support will be vital to our success. Everyone is invited to provide input or volunteer to help.