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.