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Capitol Theatre Fundraising Campaign Underway in Chambersburg, PA

 For 96 years, the Capitol Theatre has stood tall as a beacon for the Arts in Franklin County thanks to many individuals, organizations and businesses knowing its worth and supporting its contribution to the vitality of downtown Chambersburg.  The beautiful and lively year ‘round non-profit Capitol has provided memories, inspiration and joy to generations of local residents.  The beating heart of the Capitol Theatre Center is truly the support of the community.


        Executive Director Kelly Kozlowski states.  “It takes a diligent labor of love to maintain this gem of history.  Year after year, patrons who purchase tickets to our events are appreciated as the constant stream of lifeblood through our doors; however, the Capitol Theatre Center cannot thrive on ticket sales alone.  In addition to cherished memories, the passage of time also brings never-ending challenges.For example, even if we sold out every show during our current 2023-2024 season, we would still only generate 40% of the funds needed to operate this over 21,000 square feet venue.  Our annual fundraising campaign is important to keep the Capitol thriving.”


        Venues such as Capitol Theatre Center, found throughout the country, are not typically sustainable on ticket sales and grants alone.  On an annual basis, the time, talent and financial support of community members and businesses are important for sustainability.

       This Fall, the Capitol is rolling out its annual fundraising campaign called BRIDGING THE GAP with a goal of raising $85,000 by the end of the 96th Season.  This campaign is needed to help bridge the gap between ticket sales and the vast financial needs of this cherished venue.  Financial support will offset the continual growing costs of presenting events and operating, maintaining and improving this 1927 historic venue, so current and future generations can continue to create memories at this cultural arts anchor in downtown Chambersburg. 

       Capitol Theatre Center is also the home of resident arts organizations Chambersburg Community Theatre and The Chambersburg Ballet Guild who rent office, studio, storage and rehearsal space offered at below market rates.  These arts organizations, as well as, other community groups such as Gilmore-Hoerner Endowment and Chambersburg Exchange Club also utilize the Capitol performance space to support their missions. Financial support is vital to continuing our efforts to share the performing arts of our community with everyone. Over the coming 2023-2024 season, the Capitol Theatre Center is also working with community action groups throughout Franklin County to provide more comprehensive access to the Arts.


             Capitol Theatre Center Foundation is an exempt organization as described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  All donation levels are helpful.  As part of the BRIDGING THE GAP Campaign, the Capitol is continuing its popular See Your Name In Lights recognition program where donors who have given gifts of $250 or greater between Sept. 1 and December 31, 2023 can see their name in lights (if they choose) on the Capitol’s Main Street digital marquee in rotation for a week during the month of January 2024.  Also, those who contribute $100 or more will have the advantage of being among the first people to purchase tickets for the best seats in the house to Capitol Theatre’s next season line-up.

Here’s how individuals and businesses wishing to show support of the Capitol Theatre Center can make a financial contribution to the BRIDGING THE GAP Campaign:

·         Donate online by clicking the blue donate button at

·         Donate by check payable to: Capitol Theatre Center Foundation and mailed to Attention: 

          Bridging the Gap Campaign, Capitol Theatre Center, 159 S. Main St. Chambersburg, PA  17201

·         Call/Visit the Box Office to donate by credit card (717) 263-0202 M-F 11am – 4pm.  Holiday Hours:  Closed Nov. 23, 24 and Dec. 22-Jan. 1.

·         Add a donation at the time of purchasing a ticket.

·         Eligible IRA owners interested in making qualified charitable distributions should consult their financial advisor.

To schedule an appointment to discuss the possibility of making a gift or event sponsorships, contact:  Kelly Kozlowski, Executive Director at (717) 263-0202 x203 or


             The Capitol Theatre Center’s current 2023-2024 Season of presented shows, movies and events continues through the Summer of 2024 showcasing local, regional, national and international talent,  

movie events and popular outdoor events. For a complete schedule, promo videos and tickets for events during the 2023/2024 Season, visit: or call/visit the Box Office Monday-Friday 11:00am – 4:00pm (717) 263-0202. Holiday Hours:  Closed Nov. 23, 24 and Dec. 22-Jan. 1.

December 2, 2023 (Saturday – 11am: Pajama Party/12pm:  Movie)

Polar Express Pajama Party/Movie

The young and the young at heart are invited to put on their comfiest pajamas and come watch The Polar Express on the biggest screen in town!  Pajama Party features a hot cocoa bar and a visit from Santa!  Concessions will also be available. Advance ticket purchase required by November 30 at 4pm.  Attendance is limited to 250.  Sponsored in part by Menno Haven

December 9, 2023 (Saturday – 7pm)  

Rock This Town Orchestra’s Christmas Spectacular

A swingin’ and rockin’ holiday extravaganza the whole family will enjoy!  World-class musicians perform the biggest hits of the season with this tribute to The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Stray Cats, & more. Contemporary culture meets classic ’50s rock-and-roll and big-band swing! Santa Claus even joins the show! Beer, Wine, Concessions  Sponsored in part by F&M Trust and Menno Haven

December 21, 2023 (Thursday – (Movies:  3pm & 6:30pm/Social:  5pm)

White Christmas Movie & Holiday Social

This classic Christmas movie event has become a tradition for many in the community.

Patrons can stay after the first screening or come early for the evening movie and enjoy the social festivities including a visit from Santa, festive holiday treats, adult themed drinks, non-alcoholic drinks and concessions. White Christmas movie tickets at the door only.  Sponsored in part by Menno Haven

TOYS FOR TOTS:  Toys will be collected for Toys for Tots at all December events at the Capitol Theatre this season!  (New, unwrapped toys only) 

Capitol Theatre Center 159 S. Main St. Chambersburg, PA 17201  (717) 263-0202  facebook/instagram/tiktok @capitoltheatrecenter


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