The Capitol Theatre opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1928 at a cost of a million dollars. The architect, Charles W. Bates (1879-1928), specialized in fireproof buildings made with reinforced concrete. He designed this ‘’marvel of harmonious beauty’’ in the Beaux Arts style – characterized by its arched windows, classical details, bas-relief panels, garlands, cartouche, and balustrades. The Capitol has offered many types of entertainment and is one of the oldest and largest performance venues in West Virginia. It hosted “Wheeling Jamboree”, the second longest-running national radio program, for over 35 years. In September 2009, the Capitol reopened after more than two years and again provides nationally touring acts, locally produced performances, and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. This grand Beaux Arts theatre is still the gem of downtown Wheeling. (Listed NRHP 1979)
The below archival photographs are courtesy of the Ohio County Public Library and the State Archives’ WV Memory Project.