By JAMES GEMINO
If you attend Manhattanville college, it is likely that you’ve heard students complain about there being “nothing to do” on weekends. Despite the opening of the new (and yet to be named) arcade/lounge in Tenney Hall, it seems that some students continue to struggle to find ways to have fun after a long week of hitting the books. If you are one of the students about whom I am talking, I ask “why not give the following a shot”:
Go see a show at the Capitol Theatre!
The Capitol Theatre is a music hall located in Port Chester, NY, about a ten minute drive from Manhattanville’s campus. A balcony section with seating and an open floor for General Admission shows make the Capitol Theatre an ideal venue for any kind of musical or non-musical performance. The Capitol Theatre also comes complete with a bar at the rear of the main performance room, and a subtle light show illuminating the venue’s beautiful architecture before the artists take the stage.
The venue consists of two main rooms: the performance room and the foyer. Pizza is served in the foyer before the show starts for a few dollars per slice. Attached to the foyer is a separate bar/lounge, named Garcia’s, which is made part of The Capitol Theatre as a result of a partnership between the owner of Garcia’s and the owner of Capitol Theatre. While waiting for the doors to the performance room to open before the show, local or smaller bands take the small stage in Garcia’s and perform for those waiting for the main show to start. The Rock-and-Roll practice of grabbing a drink and hanging out with a band playing the background is very much engaged at the Capitol Theatre.
The Capitol Theatre is located one block away from the Metro North train station, for those of you who either don’t have a car or prefer not to drive in order to evade pesky parking fees. If, however, you are like me and cannot go one day without driving your car, The Capitol Theatre does own a parking lot across the street from the venue. Parking cost $20 per car. My advice: bring a friend and split the parking fee.
Just two weeks ago, the Capitol Theatre was rocked by legendary alternative band Jimmy Eat World. Fliers advertising upcoming performances by acts such as comedian Demetri Martin, and pop-band The 1975 in December were hung on the venue’s walls. Because the venue is located in a town, as opposed to New York City, tickets to shows at the Capitol Theatre are generally inexpensive, usually hovering at around $30 dollars per admission. Some shows are 18+, but that shouldn’t be an issue for college students looking to attend one of the upcoming performances.
Between midterms, finals, tests, homework, and calling mom, I found going to a concert without having to go all the way to New York City to be extremely relaxing. It does take some of the adventure out of the experience, but it also reduces the stress. Seeing a show at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York is an awesome, unusual, and extremely fun way to shake things up, and keep the college experience fresh. The Capitol Theatre has a website which is just as nice as the venue itself. All who are interested should seek it out and skim the calendar to see if any of their favorite bands are performing soon. An easy commute, beautiful venue, and affordable tickets would make anyone crazy not to go.