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Development funds brings big plans for Rome Capitol Theatre

By HILARY LANE

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council will be holding their first meeting of the year on Tuesday in order to brainstorm ways to win even more state money this upcoming year.

One local landmark that has been putting the funds they were awarded to good use is the Rome Capitol Theatre.

Built in 1928, the theatre has not seen an upgrade since 1939. However, that's all about to change thanks to $250,000 in State Regional Economic Development funds. With that in hand, the theatre can jump start a large renovation and expansion project.

"Floors will be redone, a lot of new painting, a lot of lighting and improvements, a lot of changes," said Kylie Pierce, Development Director for the theatre.

The theatre has acquired three buildings on West Dominick Street that will be used as cinemas, a small performance location, office area, and retail space.

"When the new complex opens, things will be going on 365 days a year and they will potentially be going on, four different things going on at once," Pierce said. "It is going to bring a lot of vibrancy to downtown and really going to vitalize West Dominick Street."

The multi-million dollar project is also being supported by private funds.

While all in the planning stages as of now, the entire project is expected to be completed in 2015.

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