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Capitol Theatre to get $100,000 grant

December 08, 2005

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Capitol Theatre has been approved for $100,000 in federal funding to help pay for repairs to the building after a partial ceiling collapse in April, according to U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster's office.

"We have a need for debt reduction and repairs to the collapsed ceiling. This funding is extremely important to stay on sound financial ground," C.Q. Smith, secretary of the Capitol Theatre Foundation, said in a released issued by Shuster's office.

The funds were included in the Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill recently signed by President Bush, according to Shuster's office.

"The Capitol Theatre is an historic landmark in Chambersburg and this support is needed so that residents in the area can continue to enjoy it," Shuster, R-Pa., said in the release.

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The 78-year-old theater at 159 S. Main St. has been closed since a section of the ceiling collapsed during a performance April 30, injuring several people in the audience, including a woman who was hospitalized for about three weeks with leg injuries.

The entire ceiling, which was original to the 1927 building, was replaced at a cost of $315,000, Paul Cullinane, the president of Downtown Chambersburg Inc., said recently. The theater received a $250,000 bequest from the estate of the late Cora I. Grove toward the repair bill, as well as smaller donations.

The cost of repairs was in addition to approximately $550,000 in debt the theater already had, Cullinane said earlier this year.

The theater is scheduled to reopen Jan. 13 with a performance of "The Best of Broadway," featuring songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Advance tickets for the show can be purchased at the box office or by calling the box office at 717-263-0202.

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