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Proposed: New London - Capital Theater Renovations

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Thirty-two years after the Capitol Theater closed for building code violations and nonpayment of taxes, the historic building finally has a future.

On or before June 1, the city will sell the building at 35 Bank St. to Maxim Development Group for $1 under a development agreement signed last week.

Headed by Patrick Gawrysiak and Salvatore Carfaro Jr., the Plainfield, N.J.-based development team has proposed a $2.5 million renovation of the building as a venue for live music.

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The second phase is the reconstruction of the building into a music venue to seat between 1,500 and 1,800 people. It would include new seating, restrooms, offices, dressing rooms and corporate office space for staff who would manage, market and book the venue. New sound systems would feature the ability to broadcast concerts at the theater to radio and television stations. Sound-dampening materials would be used to limit the impact on neighboring properties, the proposal says.

This is projected to open in late 2008. They will have to remove asbestos and lead paint, and are looking into renovating the building's facade.

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I am so thrilled about this news. I guess I figured that the Capitol would just eventually collapse into the middle of Bank Street. I'd love to get in there to take photographs before the renovations!

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