The scene at the opening gala on Friday night was in many respects back to the way it used to be: a crowd filling the seats, popcorn popping in the lobby and a film on the big screen. The Capawock opens to the public Saturday evening.
A newly renovated Capawock theatre in Vineyard Haven is quickly taking shape, and on Monday afternoon, the front doors were wide open and the occasional visitor wandered in. An opening gala is set for May 29. It's the same story at the Strand in Oak Bluffs, with an opening planned for June 19.
A campaign to revive two historic movie theatres has raised more than a third of its $1 million goal. Mark Snider, who created a nonprofit to renovate and lease the Strand and Capawock cinemas, said he has collected $350,000 in pledges in one week.
Mark Snider, owner of the Winnetu Oceanside Resort and the founder of a new nonprofit, is finalizing an agreement with Benjamin Hall Jr. to lease the Capawock and Strand theatres for 10 years, and reopen them beginning this summer.
Ronni Simon is widely known for her jewelry and the artistry she brings to her original designs. She also knits scarves and is a sculptor. But her next canvas will be decidedly bigger and more public. She is taking on the large outdoor wall of the historic Capawock Movie Theatre on Main street in Vineyard Haven.
Capawock Theatre Stays Closed; Owners Say Renovation Stalled
By MAX HART
There is bad news for Islanders and visitors hoping to catch the
latest blockbuster at the Capawock Theatre in Vineyard Haven this
summer. Owners of the landmark Main street movie house said this week
that the Capawock will remain closed at least until August.