West Dominick Street - Arts District

West Dominick Street - Arts District

Rome, NY

http://www.romemainstreets.org

Rome, NY's West Dominick Street has always been the beating heart of the city. Nearly extinguished in the 1970's during urban renewal - it is vibrant and hopeful today with a new identity as the center of a burgeoning Arts District. The Capitol Theatre, a movie palace that narrowly escaped the wrecking ball, is located in the center of this area. Built in 1929, the Capitol is the centerpiece of this upstate New York community's artistic economic resurgence. Over the last few years, the Capitol obtained several empty adjacent buildings and has been developing them into an arts complex. The facility houses the John Hayes O'Neil Dance School and yoga studio, rehearsal spaces, the historic 1750 seat theatre (with its original installation Moller Organ) - which hosts the yearly acclaimed "Capitolfest" classic film convention, a natural food store and cafe, summer live theatre programming, a youth theatre program and two brand-new, digital art cinemas that are drawing patrons from across the region. Across the street is the Artistree Fine Arts Gallery, a music store and multiple private voice and instrumental studios. The Theatre has been actively promoting the street as the City's ARTS District and the label is working! The Rome Main Street Alliance, a local member of the National Main Street Center and volunteer development organization, is currently taking that ball and running with it - re-imagining Rome as a center of the Arts through creative approaches to urban blight, beautification, small business development and retention, historic preservation, and promoting our special place in American History as our city has a National Monument - Fort Stanwix - in its center. This group is a non-profit organization that does amazing work with very little resources. As a local small business here in Rome - we're hoping we can help.