Photo by Scott McCloskey Patrons stand in line to enter the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling in this undated photo.

WHEELING — Completing payment of the Capitol Theatre’s $1.9 million mortgage now frees up more money for the facility’s upkeep and for promoting the local area as a travel destination.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Convention and Visitors Bureau, which owns the theater, paid off the 10-year mortgage, on schedule, in June. To celebrate that achievement, a symbolic “mortgage burning” ceremony was held Wednesday outside the Capitol.

Finishing the $22,555 monthly payments “gives us a little more breathing room to do the things we need to do,” said Frank O’Brien, CVB executive director. “There’s going to be some needs, smaller projects, that the theater can accomplish now that money

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