By Derek Redd, The Intelligencer
WHEELING, W.Va. — Wheeling Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Frank O’Brien knows that both U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin consider Wheeling’s Capitol Theatre an important part of the region. Now he and the theatre hope that leads to a six-figure boost to make some integral improvements to the building.
Both senators from West Virginia — the Republican Capito and Democrat Manchin — have placed on their list for “community project” funding $700,000 for improvements to the Capitol Theatre. Formerly called earmarks, community project funding allows members of Congress to request direct funding for projects benefiting communities they represent.
If the Capitol Theatre receives that $700,000, O’Brien said the lion’s share of that money would go to replacing the fly system in the theatre — the weights, counterweights and pulleys that control the different sets that shows use.
“(The current system) is original to the building,” O’Brien said…