The Capitol Theatre Marquee

Downtown 'jewel' removed for polishing

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PITTSFIELD — The old Capitol Theatre marquee is coming down this week, but don't fret.

It will return in refurbished glory this year.

Last year, the City Council approved $150,000 for the restoration project, then the cost of removing the marquee's lead paint came in higher than anticipated. Councilors increased the borrowing authorization to $223,400 in April, with a unanimous vote. Used in conjunction with a $50,000 Community Development Block Grant, the total project will cost $273,400.

The marquee is nearly 100 years old. Officials have called it a downtown "jewel" — a last piece, of sorts, in the downtown revitalization puzzle.

"That marquee, once restored, will be a valued addition," Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi said recently. "It could really promote Pittsfield."

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.


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