Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ Top 5 Duets!

August 4th, 2017 by CAPASMM

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers—what an iconic duo! Or perhaps, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, as Ginger always preferred. “It is customary, is it not, to list the woman before the man?”

In the eyes of adoring audiences, Fred and Ginger were a match made in heaven, helplessly in love and absolutely devoted to each other. Off screen, they had a fiery, competitive relationship. Astaire detested being portrayed as a “partner” as opposed to the star of the show. However, as Rogers revealed later in her life, “We had fun and it shows. True, we were never bosom buddies off the screen. We were different people with different interests.” The dancing partners made a total of 10 movies including Shall We Dance, the final film on the 2017 CAPA Summer Movie Series.

Here are our top 5 picks of Fred and Ginger dances:

#5 The Piccolino Dance from Top Hat
This dance exemplifies everything we love about Fred and Ginger, and more! From start to finish, it portrays a sense of old Hollywood glam that doesn’t exist in today’s cinema. We think this number covers all the bases, and kicks off our top 5 quite nicely.

#4 “Swing Time” from Swing Time
Although Astaire always wows, this dance truly showcases Rogers’ stunning talent. Her range is remarkable. She can portray ultimate beauty and glamor, but can also portray a familiar sense of casual and happy spontaneity with ease. This dance swings into number 4!

#3 “Cheek to Cheek” from Top Hat
Rogers chose a dress covered in blue ostrich feathers which Astaire absolutely detested. Astaire recalls, “She looks like a rooster…Feathers started to fly as if a chicken had been attacked by a coyote. It was like a snow storm.” We happen to love the dress, and admire the way it moves. Number 3 for sure!

#2 “Night and Day” from The Gay Divorce
This utterly romantic dance duet must have been difficult for Astaire’s socialite, somewhat snobbish wife Phyllis to watch. She was often jealous of her husband’s dancing partners. Rogers wrote in her autobiography, “She never warmed up to me, and she surely didn’t want her husband to either.” Still, a gorgeous performance and quite worthy of the number 2 slot.

#1 “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” from Shall We Dance
It’s one thing to be a masterful dancer. It is quite another to dance on skates! Fred and Ginger are impeccable in this beautiful number, and due to their stunning tranquility on skates, we think it deserves number 1!

Don’t miss the 2017 CAPA Summer Movie Series finale this weekend with Shall We Dance Saturday, August 5, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, August 6, at 2 pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $5 at the door!

7 Surprising Facts About Hitchcock

July 27th, 2017 by CAPASMM

Alfred Hitchcock, the ultimate “master of suspense” and thriller guru is one of the best directors of all time. His career spanned many decades, from talkies in the 1920s through the ‘70s. You can catch his film, I Confess, this Wednesday and Thursday during CAPA’s Summer Movie Series!

Here are some things you may not have known about the epic British director.

1. Hitchcock never won an Oscar for Best Director, despite being nominated five times. When the Academy finally awarded Hitchcock the esteemed Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for lifetime achievement, his acceptance speech was just five words: “Thank you…very much indeed.”

2. Hitchcock was afraid of his own movies—and he was unable to sit through any of his acclaimed films!

3. Hitchcock did not take no for an answer. When the United Nations refused to allow him to film a North by Northwest scene in their building, Hitchcock did it anyway. He set up a secret film station across the street and had Cary Grant waltz right in. The people around him are not extras.

4. ‘Psycho’ was actually based on a book with the same name by Robert Bloch. To make sure the ending of the film remained a secret, Hitchcock bought the rights to the novel anonymously. Then, he covered all his bases by buying up copies of the novel already in bookstores. Even the cast didn’t know how it ended!

5. Hitchcock was creatively cost conscious. Instead of schlepping the whole cast and crew out to South Dakota for a scene in the woods. He planted 100 ponderosa pines on an MGM soundstage!

6. Hitchcock did his part in World War II by making propaganda films for the Allies. He assembled concentration camp footage for a documentary called “Memory of the Camps.” Shelved by the British government, it was finally released in the ‘80s.

7. One of his films is lost to history! Aside from a handful of production photos, all traces of The Mountain Eagle disappeared. Ironically, Hitchcock didn’t seem to care, calling it “a very bad movie.”

Enjoy our CAPA Summer Movie Series showing of I Confess this Wednesday, July 26, and Thursday, July 27, at 7:30pm nightly. Tickets are $5 at the door, or $30 for a strip of 10 tickets. The full movie schedule is available here.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Silent Film Star Harold Lloyd

July 20th, 2017 by CAPASMM

Harold Lloyd may be less well known than Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton, but his film career was no less fascinating! Best known for his comedic flare and thrilling stunts, Lloyd practically invented the nerdy “boy-next-door” persona. Without further ado, here are five things you didn’t know about Harold Lloyd!

1. Lloyd’s most famous stunt was dangling above traffic off a clock on the side of a building. Actually, the clock was a set piece built on top of a Los Angeles building. The shot was then taken at an angle that makes it appear the activity in the background is far below Lloyd, when in reality, he was only feet above a mattress that would have broken any potential fall.

2. In 1913, Lloyd began his career as an extra, and got his big break when he befriended a fellow extra named Hal Roach. After receiving a large inheritance, Roach opened his own film company, and utilized Lloyd as the main actor in many of his films.

3. Lloyd made nearly 200 films over the course of his career in both the silent and “talkie” realms.

4. Lloyd did not allow his films to be shown on television, and had very strict rules about re-releasing them into theatres.

5. The kooky and dangerous stunts Lloyd was known for did eventually land him into trouble. A stunt involving him lighting a cigarette from a “trick” bomb ended with the loss of two fingers from his right hand. In future films, Lloyd wore a prosthetic glove to mask the injury.

Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of Harold Lloyd, will make a special appearance at both screenings of The Freshman!

Made possible through a grant from the Tom E. Daily Foundation, Ms. Lloyd will discuss the life and work of her grandfather, one of Hollywood’s earliest cinematic superstars, answering your questions and sharing home movies of the Lloyd family.

The 2017 CAPA Summer Movie Series will screen silent film The Freshman, with live accompaniment on the Ohio Theatre’s “Mighty Morton” theatre organ by featured organist Clark Wilson, on Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22. For all the details, including a complete schedule, click here..

8 Amazing, Behind-the-Scenes Photos from BEETLEJUICE!

July 12th, 2017 by CAPASMM

Beetlejuice is one of those beloved, quotable, hilariously creepy movies that you can’t tear your eyes away from. In fact, it’s so beloved that after failed attempts at a sequel in the ‘90s, talks of a potential sequel have recently emerged again!

To trigger your nostalgia and get you all hyped up for the CAPA Summer Movie Series screenings on July 12 and 13, here’s 10 fascinating, behind-the-scenes photos from Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice! Here we go!

1) Artist Ve Neil works on Beetlejuice’s iconic look that won the 1989 Academy Award for best makeup. Tim Burton said of the makeup, “I wanted to make them look cheap and purposely fake-looking.”

2) Here, set designers are sculpting the scary face that Adam Maitland dons to scare away the Deetzs.

3) Set designers sculpt the creepy snake that appears in the film.

4) Barbara Maitland’s scary face to attempt to chase off the new tenants of her home.

5) Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis jokingly pose together in costume on set.

6) Alec Baldwin and Winona Ryder on set together.

7) Winona Ryder posing with one of the monsters.

8) The crazy stop-animation that was required for so many of the scenes!

Enjoy our CAPA Summer Movie Series showing of Beetlejuice this Wednesday, July 12, and Thursday, July 13, at 7:30pm nightly. Tickets are $5 at the door, or $30 for a strip of 10 tickets. The full movie schedule is available here.

5 Trademarks of Nite Owl Theatre

June 30th, 2017 by CAPASMM

You guys asked for it and we delivered! Columbus’s very own Fritz the Night Owl graces the Ohio Theatre with his one-of-a-kind portrayals of all our favorite movies. This year, Fritz is taking over, showing the Fright Nite Friday screening of The Shining in full-on Nite Owl Theatre style!

If you’re not from central Ohio, Fritz the Nite Owl was the most recognizable TV personality in Columbus throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s. He hosted late-night movies for 6,205 consecutive nights between 1974 and 1991. During that time, Fritz the Nite Owl developed a talent for special effects that were especially rare for local TV, and as a result won five Emmy Awards for his work! After years on hiatus, local filmmaker Mike McGraner proposed a reboot of Nite Owl Theatre, and a beautiful partnership was born!


If you’ve never been lucky enough to witness a Fritz show, here are four trademarks of Nite Owl Theatre featuring Fritz the Nite Owl.

1) The Glasses

Fritz’ signature owl glasses are a staple to his look. He is almost unrecognizable without them! “Elton John was big at that time, they came up with the idea of the big glasses,” said Fritz. “Our artist went to Revco and found a $10 pair of Christian Dior sunglasses and added the Masonite horns, then broke a mirror and glued the little shards of mirror to the horns.” And thus, a trademark look was created.

2) The cameos

Part of what makes a Fritz show is the “cameos” he makes throughout the films. With some green-screen magic, he inserts himself into segments of the film to stop to tell you some fun facts about what you’re watching – but don’t worry, it won’t interrupt the regular movie! It’s hilarious AND educational!

3) The Commercial Breaks

To add some authenticity, the film will be shown with vintage “commercial breaks” relating to each film. A little homage to where Fritz got his start: late night television.

4) The special effects

It wouldn’t be Nite Owl Theatre without the campy, 1980’s special effects. See Fritz floating through space. See Fritz with two heads. See Fritz spiraling off the screen. These fabulously retro effects are part of what makes Nite Owl Theatre so unique, and so Fritz!


5) The National Anthem

Be sure to stay past the credits! An essential part to Nite Owl Productions is the National Anthem once the credits have ended. Another homage to late night television, when stations would play the National Anthem to conclude their broadcast day.

Fritz the Nite Owl will host the special Nite Owl Theatre screening of The Shining (starring Jack Nicholson) on July 7, at Fright Nite Friday at the CAPA Summer Movie Series. Tickets are $5 at the door, or $30 for a strip of 10 tickets. The full movie schedule is available here.

A History of Cary Grant and His Leading Ladies

June 23rd, 2017 by CAPASMM

Actor Cary Grant was one of Hollywood’s elite leading men of the day, and had the pleasure of working with the cream of the crop when it came to leading ladies. Let’s put the spotlight on those glorious leading ladies!

Audrey Hepburn

Ironically, Cary Grant had originally refused to work with Hepburn, deeming her too young to play his love interest. However, he made an exception for Charade, as the storyline had her character pursuing his character which Grant felt helped him avoid looking like an old creep.

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Joan Fontaine

Joan Fontaine co-starred with Grant in Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion and also Gunga Din. In the original cut of Suspicion, Grant’s character murders his wife (Fontaine). The narrative is what had attracted him to the film, as he had been trying to land more serious roles. “Working with Cary Grant was wonderful, but I think he wanted a departure from all those light comedies he had been doing, said Fontaine. “He did kill me in the original cut, but at the preview, the audience simply refused to accept him as the murderer.” They studio even went so far as to demand any scenes that made Grant appear sinister be removed from the film. After some alternate endings were shot and tested poorly, Hitchcock finally found one that worked for audiences. Fontaine went on to a have an award-winning, high-profile acting career, but won her only Oscar for the role in Suspicion.

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Grace Kelly

Of his many leading ladies, Grant remembered Grace Kelly (or shall we call her the Princess of Monaco?) as his favorite. “Ingrid, Audrey, Deborah Kerr were splendid, splendid actresses, but Grace was utterly relaxed, the most extraordinary actress ever. Her mind was razor-keen, but she relaxed while she was doing it.” Her son, Prince Albert, affectionately recalls Cary Grant visiting the royal family in Monaco and telling the children dirty jokes, making sure to mention he “was always a gentleman.”

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The 2017 CAPA Summer Movie Series will show Hitchcock’s Suspicion, starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine, on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25. Charade, starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, will be shown on Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30. For all the details, including a complete schedule, click here!

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Jailhouse Rock

June 20th, 2017 by CAPASMM

The CAPA Summer Movie Series continues with Jailhouse Rock starring the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley. His swoon-worthy bravado, dance moves, and voice are why the “Jailhouse Rock” music number is often referred to as his greatest moment on screen. While it was Presley’s third film, it was the first built entirely around him.

Below are three other things you probably didn’t know about this classic rock ’n’ roll movie!

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1. Rock ‘n’ roll songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were commissioned to create the film’s soundtrack, but procrastinated writing any material for months. Exasperated, the studio called them to NYC for a meeting, but the duo chose to tour the city instead. Finally, a representative from the publishing company confronted them in their hotel room, blocking the door with a sofa and declaring they would not be released until progress was made. In four hours, Leiber and Stoller wrote four of the songs from the beloved soundtrack including “Jailhouse Rock.”
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2. Although the film generated $8.6 million, proving to be Presley’s highest-grossing film to date, Elvis did not attend the premiere of Jailhouse Rock and refused to watch the film. Just days after production had wrapped, co-star Judy Tyler (age 24) and her husband were killed in a car accident, leaving Presley devastated. “Nothing has hurt me as bad in my life,” Elvis said publicly about Judy’s death.
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3. The film’s choreographer was having trouble with the showstopper musical number, “Jailhouse Rock,” until he moved Elvis from classically choreographed dance moves to his own style, resulting in the film’s famous dance number today considered to be perhaps the first rock ‘n’ roll music video.
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Jailhouse Rock plays the CAPA Summer Movie Series on Friday, June 23, at 7:30pm. Tickets are $5 at the door, or $30 for a strip of ten. The full movie schedule is available here.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About All About Eve

June 15th, 2017 by CAPASMM

The CAPA Summer Movie Series kicks off Friday with All About Eve. Considered one of the greatest films of all time, it served as a successful comeback for lead actress Bette Davis who received an Oscar nomination for her role. If you’ve ever said, “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night,” you’ve quoted one of the many memorable lines from the film and may not have even realized it! Here are five other things you might not know about All About Eve!

1) All About Eve garnered a record-setting 14 Oscar nominations, winning six. Today, the film still holds the record for most Oscar nominations, however, it now shares the cinematic footnote with two other films that also received 14 Oscar nominations—Titanic (1997) and La La Land (2016).

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2) All About Eve also holds the record for the film with the most Oscar nominations awarded to women. Anne Baxter, Bette Davis, Celeste Holm, and Barbara McLean all received nominations.

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3) All Above Eve was adapted into the Broadway show Applause which won the 1970 Tony for Best Musical.

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4) Celeste Holm and Bette Davis had a serious rivalry that began on the first day of filming All About Eve, and continued for many years thereafter with name calling and snide remarks from both sides.

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5) Although most people assumed Bette Davis’ raspy voice in the film was based on the famously temperamental actress Tallulah Bankhead, it was actually due to the frequent screaming matches she was having with soon-to-be ex-husband, which left her voice extremely raspy.

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The CAPA Summer Movie Series runs June 16-August 6. Tickets are $5 at the door, or $30 for a strip of ten that can be used for any film. The full movie schedule is available here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Larry Clark

April 7th, 2017 by CAPASMM

Volunteers are a very important resource to many non-profit organizations, donating their time, energy, and hard work to help an organization meet its mission, goals, and objectives. Here at CAPA, we are beyond fortunate to have a dedicated core of volunteers that help make us possible. We would like to shine the spotlight on one of our longest-standing volunteer, Larry Clark.

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Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born and raised in Columbus, and attended Columbus City Schools. I then spent three years at Ohio State, and finished up my degree at Franklin University. I was employed with Chemical Abstract Services for 35 years, and after retirement, worked as a substitute aid for the Educational Service Center. I’ve been very involved with my church, St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal, serving as a church officer for 25 years and holding various other positions for more than 50 years.

How long have you been volunteering with CAPA and what got you started?

I began volunteering in 1989, before the Palace Theatre was purchased by CAPA. I wanted to be an usher at the Palace since its days as the RKO Palace Theatre. All the downtown theatres had ushers that wore very nice uniforms, and during my college days, I wanted a part-time job at the Palace so I could wear the uniform. However, during that time (early 1960’s), those positions were not available to blacks, so I never applied. Years later when the theatre prepared to reopen, there was an item in the paper asking for volunteers. I responded, and the rest is history. I’ve been here ever since!

Can you describe some of the things you do for us?
I primarily work as an usher for the various shows at the CAPA theatres. I’ve also served as a gate attendant and on a committee for Picnic with the Pops on the Columbus Commons.

What’s the first memory that comes to mind while working with CAPA?

There have been numerous memorable moments over the years, but the one that stands out is “the night the pipe burst.” I don’t recall what year or show, but I was standing in my assigned area near the right mezzanine of the Palace Theatre lobby during intermission when I noticed water seeping from a utility closet. I looked in and discovered a pipe had burst and water was beginning to pour out. If I recall correctly, it was winter and the closet was unheated.
I notified Todd Bemis (who was the man in charge), and he took a look at it. Initially, he thought the show would be able to continue, but the leak began to increase. When water began flowing down the hallway towards the front stairway and seeping into some of the electrical fixtures, he quickly determined the theatre had to be evacuated and that night’s performance cancelled. Ironically, I remember the opening scene of Act 2 was a river scene! However, they got everything repaired and dried out in time for the next evening’s performance to go on as scheduled.

Do you have a favorite show you’ve seen with us?
My favorite Broadway shows have been Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. I’ve also enjoyed some of the earlier solo performances held at the Palace Theatre when I first began to volunteer.

What would you tell others about volunteering with CAPA?
Volunteering for CAPA is fun! There are always opportunities to volunteer, but because of their large volunteer base, there is no pressure to work every show and no requirement on how often you must volunteer.

If you would like to join CAPA’s volunteer team and create some great memories of your own, contact Janet Rife at
volunteer@capa.com.

What’s happening at CAPA this April?

March 31st, 2017 by CAPASMM

1) Post from the Road – Thursday, April 13, 7 pm (FREE) @ Lincoln Theatre
Emmy Award-winning Robert Post has created a delightfully quirky video series that takes you on an endlessly surprising road trip of American culture. With dry humor rooted in compassion, join Post as he shares 60 minutes of his top picks with an ice cream social to follow!

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2) Morgan James: Reckless Abandon Tour – Friday, April 14, 8 pm @ Lincoln Theatre
New York-based soul singer/songwriter Morgan James applies her own soulful style to modern throwbacks, summertime pop, and haunting ballads. With special guest Andy Allo, this is a performance you won’t want to miss!

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3) Welcome to Night Vale – Saturday, April 29, 8 pm @ Davidson Theatre, Riffe Center

“Welcome to Night Vale” is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for a small desert town. The live show features the voice of Night Vale, Cecil Baldwin, along with surprise guests telling a new story never been told on the podcast before.

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