The CAPA Summer Movie Series, the longest-running classic film series in America, celebrates its 46th anniversary in 2016 with an impressive assembly of classics, cult favorites, and beloved films. The 2016 series, made possible through the generous support of PVS Chemicals, will run June 10–August 7 at the historic Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) and will feature 25 films over nine weeks.
2016 highlights include 10 series premieres, a silent film with live musical accompaniment, two Saturday mornings of classic cartoons, a Woody Allen comedy double feature, and the return of the Fright Nite Friday with Fritz.
Fright Nite Friday with Fritz!
On Friday, June 24, local TV and radio legend Fritz the Nite Owl returns to host the Fright Nite Friday double feature of Theatre of Blood (1973) and The Tingler (1959). Patrons will have the chance to meet Fritz in the lobby before and after the screenings, and he'll also introduce both films.
The 2016 silent film presentation will be Sunrise (1927) and feature live musical accompaniment by organist Clark Wilson on the Ohio Theatre's famed "Mighty Morton" theatre organ. The silent film will be shown Thursday and Friday, July 14 and 15.
All efforts are made to screen films in 35mm whenever possible; however, distributors are increasingly switching to digital-only distribution, so some of the 35mm presentations on the Series may be patrons' last chance to see them in the older format.
Digital presentations for 2016 include Mommie Dearest, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Patton, Ghost, Zelig, The Third Man, Where Eagles Dare, and both Saturday morning cartoon programs.
Clark Wilson Celebrates 25 Years at the Ohio Theatre's "Mighty Morton" Organ!
Clark Wilson, official organist for the CAPA Summer Movie Series, will once again provide pre-show and intermission entertainment for each screening at the keys of the Ohio Theatre's "Mighty Morton" theatre organ 30 minutes prior to show time.
Now celebrating his 25th CAPA Summer Movie Series, Wilson has been named in numerous Who's Who and Men of Achievement editions and was the 1998 American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) Organist of the Year. An acclaimed organ technician and consultant, he has earned the ATOS Technician of Merit award, the only person to receive both ATOS distinctions.
Organist David Fleisher will also provide live organ accompaniments at select movie screenings.
Ohio Theatre Tours
As part of the 2016 Summer Movie Series, CAPA will offer behind-the-scenes look at the historic Ohio Theatre with free, guided tours at 4 pm on:
Saturday, June 11
Saturday, June 25
Saturday, July 16
Saturday, July 30
Saturday, August 6
These hour-long tours will include a look at the history and restoration of the official State Theatre of Ohio, as well as demonstrations of the theatre's lighting and its original 1928 "Mighty Morton" theatre organ. Reservations are required and space is limited. So, make your reservation today by sending an email to email@example.com with the number of people in your party and your preferred tour date. Tours do include stairs.
Select films on CAPA's 2016 Summer Movie Series will be audio-described for visually impaired persons at no extra charge. Audio description allows patrons to hear a scene-by-scene narration of the on-screen action while they listen to the movie dialogue. For more information, contact Keisha Dean at (614) 469-1045.
Summer's Best Bargain!
Day-of-show tickets to individual films are $4 and go on sale one hour prior to show time at the Ohio Theatre kiosk. Senior citizens tickets are $3.50. Kiosk sales are cash only.
Young people between the ages of 13–18 may purchase a $5 CAPA Summer Movie Series pass as part of the Go for $5 Program. The pass admits the young person to an unlimited number of movie screenings during the 2016 season, and can be purchased online at www.gofor5.com. Students who wish to attend an R rated film must be accompanied by an adult. Please note: The $5 CAPA Summer Movie Series student pass allows unlimited admission to movie showings for students only and not any accompanying adult.
All tickets are general admission and seating is on a first come, first served basis.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Friday, June 10, 7:30 pm
Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
Often considered the greatest of all Hollywood musicals, this tune-filled comedy spoofs the chaos in Hollywood during the transition from silent to sound, and includes musical gems "Good Morning," "Broadway Melody," "Make 'Em Laugh," and of course, "Singin' in the Rain."
Double Indemnity (1944)
Wednesday & Thursday, June 15 & 16, 7:30 pm daily
Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
Recipient of seven Oscar nominations, Billy Wilder's brilliant film noir follows a likeable insurance agent seduced by the ultimate Femme Fatale into committing a murder for lust and personal gain.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954)
FRIGHT NITE FRIDAY WITH FRITZ!
Friday, June 24, 7:30 pm
Meet local TV and radio legend Fritz the Nite Owl when he hosts the Fright Nite Friday double feature! With two classic horror films, two series premieres, and Fritz, it's sure to be an epic night of fun and fright!
Saturday, June 25, 10 am
Enjoy an amalgamation of animated antics featuring you favorite Warner Bros. cartoon stars including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck!
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Saturday, June 25, 7:30 pm
Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey
In Frank Capra's darkly humorous adaptation of the Broadway hit, Mortimer Brewster stops his spinster aunts' home, but is shocked to find a body in the window–not to mention 11 more in the basement!
Top Hat (1935)
Saturday, July 9, 7:30 pm
Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton
Hollywood's most famous dancing duo is "cheek to cheek" in this effervescent Irving Berlin musical featuring a lively array of tunes including "Isn't It a Lovely Day?," "Cheek to Cheek," and "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails."
Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945)
Saturday, July 16, 7:30 pm
Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Leo G. Carroll
In this Oscar-winning film noir, psychiatrist Constance Peterson (Bergman) protects the true identity of a patient accused of murder (Peck) while attempting to cure his amnesia.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Wednesday & Thursday, July 20 & 21, 7:30 pm daily
A Registered Treasure of the Library of Congress, Frank Capra's comedy-drama depicts how an innocent, idealistic freshman senator battles a corrupt political party machine.
WOODY ALLEN COMEDY DOUBLE FEATURE
Friday, July 22, 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 23, 10 am
Enjoy a collection of classic characters from animation's heyday featuring many Warner Brothers superstars including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and a few surprises!
Saturday, July 23, 7:30 pm
Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean
In James Dean's final film, he plays the fierce rival of Texas cattle rancher Benedict (Hudson), struggling to manage his socialite bride (Taylor), a half-million acre ranch, and the inevitable family drama. 60th anniversary!
The Third Man (1949)
Wednesday, July 27, 7:30 pm daily
Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli
In this Oscar-winning film noir thriller, an American writer steps off the train in post-WWII Vienna to learn that the friend who invited him has died in a mysterious accident. As he begins to ask questions, he realizes he is caught in a large and dangerous plot.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Saturday, July 30, 7:30 pm
Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse
Lerner and Loewe's score highlights this romantic, dance-filled tale of two tourists stumbling into an enchanted Scottish village that awakens only once every hundred years.
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Saturday, August 6, 7:30 pm
Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger
Journey over MGM's Technicolor rainbow to the Land of Oz with Dorothy and a magical soundtrack including "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," "If I Only Had a Brain," and "Over the Rainbow."
Movies are subject to change without notice.