Capitol

The Capitol Theater is one of two historic theaters located in Downtown Wheeling. It opened in 1928 and showed movies until the 60s or 70s. It escaped the fate of most "movie palaces" by becoming the offices of the radio station WWVA, most famous for hosting the Jamboree USA radio program, showcasing country and bluegrass musicians.

 

Unfortunately, Clear Channel cancelled the program and closed the theater in 2006 or 2007. However, other Clear Channel stations continued to broadcast from the building. Interestingly, these studios have windows along the sidewalk, so passerbys can actually watch radio programs in action.

 

The theater was restored and reopened in 2009, once again as a concert and banquet hall.

 

Main and 10th Streets, Wheeling.

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