Capitol Theatre Rebirth

The Capitol Theatre – a historic New York venue that hosted the likes of The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead during its heyday – is getting a second lease on life with a little help from Brooklyn Bowl’s Peter Shapiro and The Bowery Presents.

The 1,835-capacity theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., fell out of regular use in the ’80s but that should change with the addition of Shapiro, who’s signed a long-term lease to take over ProContent operations at the venue.

“The Capitol Theatre is a rock and roll icon and we are going to treat her as such,” he said. “We are going to spoil her and give her the best of everything – the best sound, the best lights, and the best video projection technology of any theatre anywhere. Our plan is to turn the knob to 11 in every way possible.”

Renovations will also include updated carpets, paint and bathrooms. The 85-year-old venue is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and already boasts a 65-foot domed ceiling with medallions, columns and an arch over the stage.

Seating at the Cap includes a general admission floor plus a seated balcony with VIP seats and six box suites.

Tom Bailey, who previously ran the Blue Note club in New York City, will take the reins as GM and The Bowery Presents’ Anthony Makes will coordinate with Shapiro to book talent for the venue.

The theatre is scheduled to reopen in mid-2012.