New Roof Continues Progress at Capitol Theatre in Wheeling

Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal employees are installing a new roof at the Capitol Theatre, while those who schedule events at the venue are preparing to show a series of classic movies throughout the summer.

Wheeling-Ohio County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Frank O’Brien thanked Kalkreuth for helping with the theater project, as he said the $169,000 price for a new roof is “very reasonable.”

O’Brien’s bureau owns the theater in the 1000 block of Main Street, while the Wheeling Sports and Entertainment Authority manages the venue, which was known as the Capitol Music Hall until 2009. At that time, the bureau agreed to pay Beverly Hills, Calif.-based LiveNation $615,000 to acquire the theater, which originally opened in 1928.

O’Brien said the debt on the purchase should be paid in full within the next three years.

“This is part of our continuous effort to improve and sustain our building,” O’Brien said of the Kalkreuth roof work. “We did have some water coming into the theater. The water problem would have only gotten worse, so we knew we needed to take care of it.”

On Thursday, O’Brien joined Kalkreuth officials at the theater, including Geoff Wack, estimator for sales; Senior Project Manager Stan Gorczyca; and Sales Manager Dan Tennant. Kalkreuth is removing the existing roof, consisting of multiple layers of asphalt, in preparation to install a more modern rubber roof.

“One of our main concerns was to not disrupt business or traffic. We had to figure out how to stay of the public’s way,” Wack said.

On the north side of the Capitol, there is now a chute leading from the roof into a dumpster to provide workers an easy way to discard old sections of the asphalt. Wack said this was the best option to minimize disruption on Main Street, which is already busy with multiple construction projects.

O’Brien said $80,000 of the $169,000 needed for the roof came from the Capitol Theatre Preservation Trust Fund. He said funding for this comes from a percentage of the ticket price patrons pay to attend shows at the theater. The other $89,000 came directly from the CVB, which is a private, nonproft organization funded by hotel/motel taxes paid in Wheeling and Ohio County.

O’Brien said the bidding process was competitive, but Kalkreuth’s offer was especially generous. Tennant said this is part of Kalkreuth’s commitment to the Wheeling community.

Meanwhile, O’Brien said the Capitol will provide a festive atmosphere for several movies to be shown during the summer. He said this will be the first time movies have been shown inside a theater in downtown Wheeling since the mid-1980s.