- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - The historic Capitol Theatre in Wheeling is getting a boost from oil and gas drilling.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register (http://bit.ly/1NqJvDQ ) reports that out-of-state workers staying in local hotels have increased the Wheeling-Ohio County Convention Bureau’s revenue from a hotel-motel tax. The nonprofit organization is using this revenue to pay off the debt it owes for the theater.

Visitors bureau executive director Frank O’Brien says the organization’s hotel-motel revenue increased from $662,000 in 2009 to more than $1 million in 2014. He expects the debt for the theater to be entirely paid by May 2020.

The organization bought the theater in 2009.

Formerly known as the Capitol Music Hall, the theater opened in 1928.

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Information from: The Intelligencer, http://www.theintelligencer.net

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