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Capitol Theatre in Rome celebrates 90 years

Well over 100 people packed the Capitol Theatre in Rome to help celebrate 90 years.

Posted: Dec 10, 2018 11:28 PM

ROME- Well over 100 people packed the Capitol Theatre in Rome to help celebrate 90 years.

People were invited to the Capitol Theatre in Rome on Monday night for a celebration and a viewing of Lilac Time, a silent feature film that played on December 10, 1928 when it first opened.

Residents filled the theatre seats as well as people from out of town. Nora Fiore and her mother traveled from Vermont to celebrate the birthday. They said they pay this theatre a visit all the time. "Oh it's marvelous, we love it here, we come here every year for Capitolfest and that's how we discovered the Capitol Theatre."

Local politicians said the theatre is a staple in the community and they're looking forward to another 90 years. "They have a very promising future and there will be significant investments here. There are so many memories of the capitol for so many people," said Senator Joe Griffo.

In September 2017, Rome was awarded a $10 million grant from the state for downtown revitalization. $2.5 million of that will go towards the Capitol Theatre for visual improvements.

Fun fact: On November 25, 1946 WKAL signed a contract as a mutual affiliate owned by Copper City Broadcasting Corporation. The company was owned by Myron Kallet who controlled several theatres which included the Capitol Theatre in Rome where WKAL had studios. This was the second station in Utice-Rome after WIBX. Kallet wanted to expand to television, so on December 1, 1949 WKTV (then channel 13) went on-air in Utica making it the first television in Utica. It was owned by Copper City Broadcasting Corporation.

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