Fright Nite Friday with Fritz!

July 23rd, 2014 by admin

As part of the CAPA Summer Movie Series, local TV and radio legend Fritz the Night Owl will make an appearance at Fright Nite Friday on July 25, screening a double feature of The Return of the Vampire (1944) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931).

Fright Nite is a popular feature of the Series, and this will be Fritz’ fourth year participating in the event. Fritz is known for hosting the late night television show “Night Owl Theatre” from 1974-1991, as well as his radio show, “Nite Owl Jazz: What’s New in Jazz for the 21st Century.” He has earned five Emmy Awards and an induction into the Horror Host Hall of Fame.

The first selection of the double feature, The Return of the Vampire, is a masterpiece in the world of horror classics. Bela Lugosi jumped at the chance to play a vampire again (he hadn’t been one since 1931’s Dracula, and only a fake one in 1935’s Mark of the Vampire). He even took a ridiculously low fee of $3,500, the same he was paid for his first vampire film. Since this was a Columbia feature, it wasn’t an official part of Universal’s Dracula franchise—names and the werewolf’s appearance were changed to avoid any copyright issues. Columbia even pushed the release date from fall 1943 to early 1944, skirting direct competition with Universal’s Son of Dracula starring Lon Chaney Jr.

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The second selection, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is a remarkably advanced film in regards to filming techniques, lighting, and production. The on-camera transformation from Jekyll to Hyde earned high praise, and it wasn’t until decades later that the director divulged his secret—a series of filters highlighted with different hues to change the appearance of the actor’s multi-colored make-up.

With two classic horror films, two series premieres, and Fritz, it’s sure to be an epic night of fun and fright!

by Michael Keating

CAPA Summer Movie Series Fright Nite Friday with Fritz double feature of Return of the Vampire and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will play the Ohio Theatre on Friday, July 25, at 7:30 PM. To purchase tickets, click here or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

Go Back in Time with Silent Film “Girl Shy”

July 15th, 2014 by admin

In the 1920s, the first romantic comedies were silent films. Characterized by witty humor, plot twists, and a thrilling chase scene, Girl Shy (1924) is one of the first. Starring Harold Lloyd and Jobyna Ralston, this elegant yet amusing film delightfully fuses slapstick with the sentimental. Girl Shy plays the Ohio Theatre as part of the 2014 CAPA Summer Movie Series on Thursday, July 17, and Friday, July 18, with live musical accompaniment by Clark Wilson on the “Mighty Morton” theatre organ!

Girl Shy tells the tale of Harold Meadows (Harold Lloyd), a simple man who has a terrible stuttering problem. He authors a book, The Secret of Making Love, even though he is no expert. On his journey to pitch his book, however, he meets Mary Buckingham (Jobyna Ralston) with whom he falls in love. The ensuing twists and turns are sure to entertain.




In addition, the Scioto Model A Ford Club will display their antique cars in front of the theatre each night!


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by Michael Keating

CAPA’S Summer Movie Series silent film feature Girl Shy will play the Ohio Theatre on Friday, July 17, and Friday, July 18, at 7:30pm daily. To purchase tickets, click here, or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

Lights! Camera! CAPA Summer Movie Series!

April 22nd, 2014 by admin

Did you know that the Ohio Theatre was built to be a movie palace? Decades later, you can still experience the theatre as it was when it first opened in 1928 with the CAPA Summer Movie Series. Now in its 44th year, the Series is the longest-running classic film series in America. The 2014 lineup includes 28 films, running from June 6 to August 10.

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Whether a date night or night on the town with friends, there’s something for everyone at the CAPA Summer Movie Series—Hitchcock, romantic comedies, cartoons, a silent film, and much more. Roman Holiday, The Little Princess, and An Affair to Remember are just a few of the classics you can see on the big screen at the Ohio Theatre this summer.

Friday, July 25, is “Fright Nite Friday,” a double feature screening of The Return of the Vampire (1944) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) hosted by local TV and radio legend Fritz the Nite Owl. The 2014 silent film feature will be Girl Shy, on July 17 and 18, featuring live music by organist Clark Wilson on the Ohio Theatre’s famous “Mighty Morton” theatre organ. Saturday morning cartoons will be presented on June 21 and July 19. See the full movie line-up here!

Strips of 10 tickets are $25 and are on sale now through July 27. Day-of-show tickets are $4, and are cash only at the Ohio Theatre kiosk. Students ages 13-18 can purchase an All Access pass for $5 at www.GoFor5.com, providing unlimited access to all screenings all summer.

By Anna Schaeffer

The Summer Movie Series will be at the Ohio Theatre June 6 through August 10. To purchase tickets, click here or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

 

One tour of the Ohio Theatre left this summer: Saturday, August 24

August 14th, 2013 by admin

As part of the 2013 Summer Movie Series, CAPA offers free, guided tours of the historic Ohio Theatre. There is only one date left to take part this summer – Saturday, August 24, at 4 pm!

The hour-long tours will begin in the front lobby of the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) and will include a look at the history and restoration of the official State Theatre of Ohio. Tours will also include an exhibition of the theatre’s lighting and a demonstration of the original 1928 “Mighty Morton” theatre organ by featured organist Clark Wilson.

The tour is free, but reservations are required and space is limited. To make a reservation, send an email to sms@capa.com with the number of people in your party. This tour does include stairs.

For more details, including a full schedule of the movies left for this summer, visit http://www.capa.com/presentations/current-season-presentations/capa-summer-movie-series-2013.

Organ gets musician pumped up at Summer Movie Series | The Columbus Dispatch

August 8th, 2013 by admin

The CAPA Summer Movie Series’ annual silent film screenings are this week, showcasing the exceptional talents of CAPA’s featured organist Clark Wilson. Check out the Sunday arts cover story about Clark here, then check him out in person during our screenings of The Little American starring Mary Pickford on August 8 and 9 at the Ohio Theatre! And don’t forget the antique car show that will be in front of the theatre both nights!

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Summer Movie Series:
How do we pick ‘em?

July 8th, 2013 by admin

Each year, the CAPA Summer Movie Series is a mix of Columbus favorites and film premieres airing on the schedule for the first time. We include a wide range of genres and stars, so we’ll have “something for everyone” on the schedule.

There is a core group of favorites that audiences want to see approximately every five years. Movies like Singin’ in the Rain, The Sound of Music, and Gone with the Wind are repeated due to their continuing popularity, often drawing bigger crowds than movies making their debuts in the series. Rather than merely repeat the same schedule every few years though, we include a number of series premieres. This gives the audience a chance to sample titles with less exposure that they would not otherwise be able to see in a theatre setting. Attendance figures tell us which newer movies (like Young Frankenstein and Grease) should be repeated in future years.

Just as our audience changes over the years, so do some of our choices, as we seek a balance between proven favorites and newer titles.

Work starts on the new schedule in January. Suggestions from audience members, CAPA staff, and analysis of attendance figures all figure into the decision process. Distributors and archives advise us on the status of new prints and restorations. We also look for movies that have become available after years of legal issues (such as Annie Get Your Gun). After several months of juggling the puzzle pieces, the annual bookings are locked in and the creation of the season brochure begins!

We hope you enjoy this year’s selection of classic films!

And the nominees are…

February 4th, 2011 by CAPASMM

We received more than 100 nominations for the first ever CAPA Summer Movie Series Fan Favorite, and now it’s time for you to cast your vote from the top five nominated films! In alphabetical order, the nominees for the CAPA Summer Movie Series Fan Favorite Film are:

CASABLANCA (1942) – Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid.

“Casablanca is without a doubt one of the best films ever made, if not the greatest. I feel a chance to show it on the big screen in such a eloquent theater such as the Ohio Theater would be a grand experience.”
-John

“Casablanca is a memorable classic!  Need more be said?”
-John (not the same as above)

FUNNY GIRL (1968) – Starring Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, and Kay Medford.

“Two words: Barbra Streisand!”
-Mikel

“Barbra Streisand’s debut role as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl is still one of her most moving performances.  Streisand is strong, coy, funny (of course), and infinitely musical.”
-Maddie

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) – Starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, and Thomas Mitchell

“I would love to see this fantastic film in all its glory as those would’ve seen it when it came out. The grandeur of The Ohio Theatre rivals that of the classic film.”
-Courtney

“I read this book when I was 12 years old and loved it.  I then saw the movie later.   My children have not done either one and I would love for them to see this movie.  I know that for them to watch this is needs to be in the venue of the Ohio Theater.”
-Grace

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) – Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and Eleanor Parker

“A beautiful and timeless movie…Beautiful story and music as well as a gorgeous setting…Classics are classic and we would love to see this one.”
–Debby

“[2010] is the 45 anniversary of this movie and I think that it would be a great family film able to entertain people of many ages!”
–Julie

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) – Starring Gregory Peck, John Megna and Frank Overton

“To Kill a Mockingbird is such a classic film and one of Gregory Peck’s finest films. It’s such a slice of American history that it would be a perfect fit into the Summer Movie Series.”
–Traci

“The movie is larger than life, should be viewed on the big screen!  Great acting [and] a story that is as appropriate today as when it was made.”
–Suzy

Now it’s up to you to decide which film makes it in as our Fan Favorite! To cast your vote, click here to access the secure form. Ed. note: Thanks for all the votes for the 2011 CAPA Summer Movie Series Fan Favorite! Voting is now closed – stay tuned for the Summer Movie Series announcement soon, where we’ll announce the movie that you, the fans, picked!

The 2011 CAPA Summer Movie Series is presented by PNC Bank.

(P.S. If you didn’t see your movie on the list, don’t worry. We’ll keep the entire list in mind when we start looking at films for the 2011 CAPA Summer Movie Series.  So you might still see some of your personal favorites on the big screen this summer!)

Nominate a film for the 2011 CAPA Summer Movie Series!

December 13th, 2010 by Rich Corsi

By Rich Corsi, Director of Programming

The selection process for films for the 2011 CAPA Summer Movie Series has begun! Summer may seem a long way off, but not for us when it comes to the Summer Movie Series. It’s a long process with lots of moving parts, but the dates have been booked and now we start piecing together titles.

However, before we start, we need help from you. We are always talking to patrons, ushers, friends, and family members to find out what movies folks would like to see. This year, we’re taking that one step further. CAPA is happy to announce that for the first time in Summer Movie Series history, we will show a “Fan Favorite Film” in the 2011 series. This will be a film suggested by a Summer Movie Series fan and voted upon by other fans. Wouldn’t it be great to take your friends and family to a movie at the magnificent Ohio Theatre this summer knowing you had a part in selecting that movie?

We hope you’re as excited as we are to add our first ever “Fan Favorite Film” to the 2011 season!

Here’s how you can help select the 2011 “Fan Favorite Film:”

1) Nominate your “Fan Favorite” in the first round of nominations!* On the nomination form, be sure to let us know why you want to see the film at the Summer Movie Series this year!

2) The nomination period will close Friday, January 7, 2011 Friday, January 14, 2011! From here, we’ll tabulate which films were the most popular, and put out a final vote to you – the fans – on the top five nominees. The top voted upon film will be 2011 CAPA Summer Movie Series “Fan Favorite Film!”

*Editors’ Note: The first round of nominations have closed for the 2011 Summer Movie Series Fan Favorite! Check the CAPA.com blog soon to find out which of your films made it to the final round of voting!