How We Choose the Films for CAPA’s Summer Movie Series

August 1st, 2016 by CAPASMM

Each year, CAPA selects 20-30 classic films for its CAPA Summer Movie Series at the Ohio Theatre. Out of the thousands of possibilities, how is it narrowed down to those few titles?

CAPA VP of Programming Rich Corsi and consultant Lance Carwile are the team tasked with the job of assembling the CAPA Summer Movie Series. They look at available films across many genres—drama, comedy, thriller, romance, film noir, Western, musical, horror—as well as “old” classics like The Wizard of Oz and “new” classics like The Princess Bride. They also look at silent films to showcase featured organist Clark Wilson and the Ohio Theatre’s “Mighty Morton” theatre organ.

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After assembling a short list, they check to see if each film has been shown in the Series before, and if so, how recently. “You need to have a 6-7 year gap before repeating a film,” said Corsi. This helps to whittle down the list even more.

They then begin the process of determining if the rights are available, and when the film is physically available. “Once we get that nice list, we see what’s available in what timeframe, and it all kind of comes together,” explains Corsi.

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In the end, the CAPA Summer Movie Series becomes a well-rounded list of popular, cult, and classic films that people love seeing on the big screen again. “There are wide variety of people that come to the CAPA Summer Movie Series,” said Corsi. “And we hope we have found something for everyone.”

Clark Wilson & the “Mighty Morton” Organ

July 14th, 2016 by CAPASMM

Rich Corsi, CAPA’s VP of Programming, takes us behind the scenes of the CAPA Summer Movie Series. Now in its 46th year, the CAPA Summer Movie Series is the longest-running classic film series in the US.

Many people do not know that the Ohio Theatre started out as a silent-movie palace, in 1928. The “Mighty Morton” Organ was built into the theatre to accompany the silent films. Today, we still use the original “Mighty Morton” theatre organ as part of the CAPA Summer Movie Series, not just to accompany each year’s silent film selection, but also to entertain audiences before and after the screenings. “Our audience is not just film lovers, but also music lovers, coming to see Clark,” says Corsi. “It’s part of what keeps our Summer Movie Series so authentic and true to our history.”

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In 1969, when the Ohio Theatre was on the brink of being demolished, a farewell concert for the organ was held featuring resident organist Roger Garrett. A young Clark Wilson was in attendance and met Garrett that night. Garrett told Wilson, “You keep practicing, young man, and maybe someday you’ll get to play an organ like this.” Now in 2016, Clark Wilson is celebrating his 25th year as the resident organist for the CAPA Summer Movie Series.

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Additionally, Clark has toured North America, runs his own pipe organ business, has led silent film accompaniment courses at Indiana University and University of Oklahoma, and has been professionally involved in more than 100 organ installations throughout North America and Europe.

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Happy 25th Anniversary, Clark!

CAPA Summer Movie Series – Keeping 35mm Films Alive

June 30th, 2016 by CAPASMM

Rich Corsi, CAPA’s VP of Programming, takes us behind-the-scenes of the CAPA Summer Movie Series. Now in its 46th year, the CAPA Summer Movie Series is the longest-running classic film series in the United States.

The Ohio Theatre opened in 1928 as a silent-movie palace, and we pride ourselves in keeping that history alive. One way we preserve that authenticity, is by showing as many films as possible in the 35mm format.

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“You know, I really do think there is something to be said about showing a film in the format that it was shot in, like 35mm,” says Corsi. “There’s just something about seeing it on that big screen in the theatre, knowing audiences back in the ‘30s saw the same thing, the same way. There’s a beauty about it travelling for the past 60 years.”

Because of the fragility of 35mm films, many distribution companies are opting for the risk-free option of digital. “Obviously it would be easier to get a Blu-Ray,” says Corsi. “You can order a Blu-Ray, and they can deliver it by envelope the next day. Or, you can order six, 20 pound reels delivered by truck, and hope the reel doesn’t get crushed, or spliced in the wrong place. But we pride ourselves in getting as many of the 35mm films as possible.”

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This year, 18 of the 27 films shown will be in 35mm format. Many film purists flock to the Ohio Theatre for that experience. “People want the grain and the crackle,” says Corsi.

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The CAPA Summer Movie Series runs through August 7 at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $4 at the door, or a strip of 10 tickets is $25 through July 24.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Ohio Theatre’s Morton Organ

July 28th, 2015 by CAPASMM

If you are Ohio Theatre-goer at CAPA’s Summer Movie Series, you know of the marvelous partnership between the Morton theatre organ and organist Clark Wilson, but you may not know of the incredible history behind the pair. Here are five interesting facts about the “Mighty Morton” and organist Clark Wilson.

1) The organ is nicknamed the “Mighty Morton.” Powered by a 25-horsepower turbine-type blower beneath the stage, the organ is raised and lowered by a screw-driven, enabling it to be “hidden” during other performances. Comprised of more than 2,500 pipes, the organ is mighty indeed!

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2) The “Mighty Morton” has lived in the Ohio Theatre since the building opened in 1928! Many forget that the Ohio Theatre was originally a movie palace, and the organ was installed to accompany the silent films of the day.

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3) Last of its kind. The “Mighty Morton” is one of four identical organs created for theatres in the US. However, it is the only one still in its original home.

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4) Disney is a fan! If you’ve ever ridden Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride, you’ve heard a Morton organ, as it plays throughout the attraction’s audio.

5) Clark Wilson and the “Mighty Morton” have history! Clark attended the 1969 Farewell Concert when the Ohio Theatre was in danger of being torn down, and was inspired to learn the organ. “The sound of the theater organ was just really something. It was such a dynamic sound,” he said. In 2015, Clark celebrates his 24th season as resident organist for the Ohio Theatre.

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“Anything that’s old enough is new again.” -Clark Wilson

by Anna Schaeffer

CAPA’S Summer Movie Series will continue at the Ohio Theatre through August 9. To purchase tickets, click here, or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

Six Quotes from the “Silent” Charlie Chaplin

July 15th, 2015 by CAPASMM

Charlie Chaplin was Hollywood’s first celebrity. He paved the way for many great actors, comedians, and directors. He made history by being the first actor on the cover of Time Magazine, and became one of the most recognized faces in cinema. Here are six quotes from the cane-wielding icon.

1) “Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.”

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2) “I have many problems in my life, but my lips don’t know that, they always smile.”

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3) “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

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4) “All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.”

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5) “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.”

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6) “You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.”

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by Anna Schaeffer


CAPA’S Summer Movie Series The Kid will play the Ohio Theatre on Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17 at 7:30pm. To purchase tickets, click here, or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Jaws!

June 4th, 2015 by CAPASMM

This year celebrates the 40th anniversary of what has become a big screen horror classic, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. Theatres around the globe will be screening this iconic film, but you can see it first at the Ohio Theatre on Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14!

Here are eight fun facts about Jaws that you may have never known. Enjoy!

1)“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” [1]
The famous line, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” was not in the original script. It was an ad-lib by actor Roy Schneider that they decided to keep!

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2) The shark rarely worked. [2]
They never tested the mechanical shark in water prior to filming, so when first placed in the ocean, it promptly sank and had to be “fished” out. This is why roughly 25% of the film is shot from the shark’s point of view, and why the shark isn’t actually seen until 1 hour and 20 minutes into the two-hour film.

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3) The iconic theme song is only two notes. [3]
Composer John Williams created what is now one of the most recognizable cinema scores of all time. Spielberg didn’t originally like the score, saying it was a joke and was too simple, but has since said, “the movie would only have been half as good without it.” It was voted #6 Best Film Score of all time by the American Film Institute.

4) The beach scenes were shot in Martha’s Vineyard. [4]
Martha’s Vineyard residents were each paid $64/day to run around the beach screaming for certain shots.

5) Spielberg played clarinet in the movie. [5]
Remember the scene with the high-school marching band playing Sousa? Apparently they needed a certain level of mediocrity that only Spielberg could contribute with his minimal knowledge of the instrument.

6) “That’s some bad hat, Harry.” [6]
If you’ve ever watched shows like “Lost” or “House,” you may have heard this phrase after the credits roll. Bad Hat Harry Productions, a film and television production company that created such films as The Usual Suspects and the X-Men film series, as well as the television series “House,” was named after Chief Brody’s line to an elderly swimmer about his (pretty bad) swimming cap, “That’s some bad hat, Harry.”

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7) Spielberg’s dog made a cameo! [7]
Chief Brody’s dog in the film is actually played by none other than Spielberg’s dog, Elmer.
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8 ) The critics loved it. [8]
Jaws won three Academy Awards for Best Film Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score, and Best Sound. It also won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score for a Motion Picture, and a Grammy for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture. (I bet Spielberg is glad he changed his mind about the score!) It was also voted sixth scariest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly.


by Anna Schaeffer

CAPA’S Summer Movie Series Jaws will play the Ohio Theatre on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14 at 7:30pm. To purchase tickets, click here, or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.


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, 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 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