Capitol Theatre Giving Campaign: Want to see your name in lights?

Want to see your name in lights? Contribute $250 or more by Saturday, Dec. 31 as part of Capitol Theatre Center’s annual giving campaign. See your name in lights sometime before the end of January on the big outdoor Capitol Theatre marquee.

The annual campaign is now underway, and the historic theater’s non-profit board is looking for public support.

The Capitol is surviving the challenges of a global pandemic thanks to community support coupled with sound fiscal management, according to John Kilduff, Chair of the Capitol Theatre Center Foundation Board of Trustees.

It still needs that support to remain a viable part of the community, he said. The Center’s annual giving campaign gives everyone in the community a chance to make sure the Capitol survives and thrives. Some donors could even see their name in lights on the marquee.

The Capitol Theatre Center has touched the lives of many residents in Franklin County. 

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More than a movie house

For a lot of members of the community, the Capitol is the “go-to” place for quality arts and entertainment experiences. The Capitol offers everything from international touring performances to local acts.  It also serves as a unique resource to the community. The historic theater is a dramatically beautiful venue available to rent for personal, business and other gatherings where a private multi-purpose space or an auditorium style setting is needed.  

For others, it provides a creative outlet for performing on stage in plays, ballets, and concerts; or working behind the scenes. Many heartfelt and lasting memories have been made over the years watching movies on the big screen; attending or being a part of special events and live shows and listening to the mighty Moller Theatre Pipe Organ.      

The Capitol Theatre Center’s annual giving campaign is now underway. It is an important yearly initiative to help preserve the Capitol for the children of today and future generations. Giving to the campaign ensures future generations can “grow up” with fond memories of the 1927 historic Capitol Theatre.  They can enter the lobby, smell the popcorn and enjoy a live show or movie. And enjoy the grandeur of the historic 1927 theater.

This treasured community asset continues to play a role in the vitality and economic development for Downtown Chambersburg. It is an important cultural arts and historic component adding to the charm of all of Franklin County.  

Capitol Theatre Center Foundation operates independently as a qualified charitable organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.  

Closing the financial gap

Like most non-profit theaters, Capitol Theatre Center experiences a financial gap between what it costs to operate the cultural arts center and the amount of money generated through ticket sales, facility rentals, and concessions.  The financial gap, in part, can be closed through grants; marketing partnerships/sponsorships; and donations from individuals and businesses as part of their annual charitable giving.

Gifts in all amounts can help play a part in helping this cherished community gem thrive for years to come. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Donors who contribute $250 or greater by December 31, 2021 as part of the campaign will see their name go up in lights (in either December or January) on the big outdoor Capitol Theatre marquee facing main street, if they choose.  

Donations to the Capitol Theatre Center can be made by clicking the blue donate button on the Capitol’s website, by sending a check made payable to Capitol Theatre Center Foundation to Attention:  Donations/Capitol Theatre Center 159 S. Main St. Chambersburg, PA  17201 or by stopping in or calling the Box Office at (717) 263-0202.  

Box Office hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. but will be limited during the holidays as noted on the website. Anyone wishing to discuss the possibility of making a gift; learning about Capitol Theatre naming opportunities; or how to include the Capitol Theatre as part of a will/estate plan can call the Capitol Theatre Center at (717) 263-0202.

[Featured image photo credit: Phabulous Photos by Phillip Whitley.]