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Part of history returned to Wheeling's Capitol Theatre

Updated: Monday, June 23 2014, 06:03 PM EDT

By: Crissy Clutter and NEWS9

Photo Credit: Frank O'Brien

WHEELING, W.Va.--

The original and giant Marr and Colton organ from Warsaw, New York, was returned to the Capitol Theatre on Monday.

The organ was at the Capitol when it opened in 1928 and used to accompany silent movies.

The organ was at a theater in Connecticut, and a gentleman contacted Jeremy Morris, executive director of Wheeling National Heritage area, and told Morris he wanted to return it to the Capitol Theatre.

Frank O’Brien, with the Wheeling Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, said a plan then came in place to get the organ back to Wheeling.

“Sometimes things just happen because it’s right.” said O’Brien. “Morris got an email that said, 'You can have your organ back for free."

Volunteers spent hours putting the giant musical instrument into the basement of the theatre.


Morris said restoring it could cost thousands, but he said they hope to find donors and have it back together by next season.

For the last five years the community has come together to bring the theatre back to code, completing a long list of improvements.

The restoration has cost millions of dollars, but O’Brien says bringing the theatre back to beautiful is priceless.

“We are so far ahead of where we ever thought we would be, and that's because of the benefactors of the community,” said O’Brien.

Many plans are in the works, including several Broadway shows, a children's theatre and movies.

Here’s a link to upcoming attractions www.capitoltheatrewheeling.com/calendar.php

Part of history returned to Wheeling's Capitol Theatre


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