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The Capitol Theatre in the Village of Port Chester was constructed at the peak of the roaring 20s, but is seldom remembered as a playhouse or movie theater. Like the historic rock venue the Fillmore East in Manhattan, the Capitol was created with different uses in mind but didn’t really become a household name until the 1970s, when the marquee featured rock icons like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Traffic, The Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead, to name a few.
To “deadheads” and hippies across the nation, this stoic landmark has an even deeper meaning in the annals of music history when in 1970, the Grateful Dead outperformed anyone who had ever set foot in Port Chester, with a record 18 shows in a single year. Originally planning to play 21 nights at the Capitol, The Dead unexpectedly cancelled their last three performances in December of that year, before hitting the airwaves with a radio apology to the fans in Port Chester.
This story originally appeared in the Sept. 7, 2012 edition of the Harrison Review.
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