Bob Dylan opens refurbished theater in New York

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PORT CHESTER, N.Y. — Fifty years into his career as a recording artist and a week away from release of an extraordinary new CD, Bob Dylan spent his Tuesday evening where he seems to feel most comfortable — on a stage.

In this case, he marked the grand reopening of a refurbished theater in a gritty village 35 miles northeast of New York City.

Tuesday’s concert was a high-wattage reopening for the Capitol Theatre, which opened as a movie venue in 1926 but turned to rock ‘n’ roll in the late 1960s and hosted the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd and Janis Joplin. It closed in 1976 and, except for a brief revival in the early 1990s, has been largely quiet except for bar mitzvahs and corporate parties.

Promoters behind New York City’s Wetlands Club came in to refurbish the theater and present an ambitious schedule of pop music for the rest of 2012.

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