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Take Your Seats, Leave Your Mark at Capitol

October 21, 2013

WHEELING — Patrons of Wheeling’s Capitol Theatre may not see their names in lights but they can have their names permanently displayed in the theater....

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Oct-22-13 1:49 PM

uncommon:yes they are not offering a benefit to the donors.Some sort of doscount on shows would be in order. Most folks would rather spend the 250 on attending shows.

A better approach would be naming the entire place after a wealthy donor.Eg Heintz Hall.

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Oct-22-13 1:45 PM

rag:It looks like the public money has dried up and the venue is not profitable either.It is unlikely they will get many donations.In the end the City tax payers will have to cover the expenses; as they will be doing via the sales tax for the Civic Center.

To work the Capitol would need shows at least four nights/week with good attendance.This would have been possible with a renewed JUSA on weekends.

A substantial income came from rentals.This busiess will now go to the new building at WPHS.

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Oct-21-13 9:50 PM

How bout you SELL me the seat for the year!

I couldn't care less about having my name on a brass plate

Sell me a season pass for $500 dollars!

Better yet, put my name on the seat and let me set in it free for the entire season and I'll pay $1,000 dollars!

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Oct-21-13 9:49 PM

Remember when the Boy Mayor and Herron said that not one dime of public money would go to fund the Capitol?

Yes, they said that.

How about they charge $250 each for Wheeling taxpayers to "make their mark" on certain individuals?

For $250, you can*****or ****e on the faces of the public official you would most like to "make your mark" on.

That would raise quite a bit of money, I'm sure.

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Oct-21-13 7:24 PM

The comparable venues in Pittsburgh and even Morgantown have several performances a week; most nights. The Capitol is dark most nights: not generating income. but lots of expenses.

Keep in mind a private proposal for a renewed JUSA/renovated Capitol was turned away. JUSA was an icon of C&W music. JITH continues to attract tens of thousands to the OV.

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Oct-21-13 5:37 PM

If the Theater is doing as well as it is said to be, there should be plenty of money for improvements.

It sounds like they are placing more debt on top of debt and public money to try and make it work.

The root problem: it is dark most of the time; not producing income.

Should the public contribute to a losing situation?

The Civic Center is now requiring a sales tax to keep it going.

Both venues are failing.

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Oct-21-13 3:58 PM

The intention is/was tourism. Has the Theater brought tourists-on a regular basis- into the City?

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Oct-21-13 1:39 PM

They make it sound real good. BUT- When will they ever be satisfied??

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