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50th Anniversary CAPA Summer Movie Series to Offer 50¢ Admission Opening Weekend

Posted: May 6, 2019

The CAPA Summer Movie Series, the longest-running classic film series in America, today announced the movie lineup for its 50th series of classic films and cult favorites. Made possible through the generous support of PVS Chemicals, the 2019 Series will run June 14–August 11 at the historic Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) and feature 26 films over nine weeks. 2019 highlights include nine series premieres, a silent film with live musical accompaniment, two Saturday mornings of classic cartoons, a sci-fi double feature, a film noir double feature, and Fright Nite Friday with Fritz.

50th Anniversary, 50¢ Admission
As part of CAPA’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration, admission for all showings during opening weekend only, June 14-16, will be 50¢.

Library Card Day
In addition, the Cartoon Capers program on Saturday, July 27, is Library Card Day. Those who show a Columbus Metropolitan Library card (or any other card from another system) will receive up to four free admissions.

Sunday Shorts with CCAD
As part of a year-long collaboration in support of CAPA’s 50th anniversary and Columbus College of Art & Design’s 140th anniversary, the 2019 CAPA Summer Movie Series will show film, video, and animation shorts from CCAD student filmmakers prior to both Sunday feature-length screenings at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

CAPA’s 50th anniversary celebration is made possible through the generous support of the American Electric Power Foundation and Nationwide, with special support provided by Huntington Bank.

Show Tunes
Now celebrating his 28th year as featured organist for the CAPA Summer Movie Series, Clark Wilson will again provide pre-show and intermission entertainment at the keys of the Ohio Theatre’s treasured “Mighty Morton” theatre organ 30 minutes prior to each screening. Organist David Fleisher will also provide live organ accompaniment at select movie screenings.

Fright Nite Friday with Fritz
Return to the days of Nite Owl Theatre as local legend Fritz the Nite Owl hosts a special Fright Nite Friday presentation of Jaws (1975) on Friday, July 12. After a live introduction from Fritz, fans will launch into a full episode of Nite Owl Theatre complete with era-appropriate, retro commercials and Fritz’s signature breaks loaded with trivia-tastic tomfoolery and campy special effects.

Audio-Described Movies
Select films 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. Visit capa.com for a list of audio-described movie screenings for the 2019 series. For more information, contact Elena Perantoni at (614) 469-1045.

Ohio Theatre Tours
As part of the 2019 CAPA Summer Movie Series, CAPA will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the historic Ohio Theatre with free, one-hour-long, guided tours complete with a light show and organ demonstration by Clark Wilson on the “Mighty Morton” theatre organ. A reservation is required, and space is limited. 2019 tour dates are June 15, June 29, July 6, July 20, and August 3 at 4 pm each day. To make a reservation, send an email to sms@capa.com with the number of people in your party and preferred tour date. Tours are filled on a first come, first serve basis and do include stairs.

CAPA Summer Movie Series ticket strips, one of central Ohio's best entertainment bargains, can be purchased now through Sunday, July 28, at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.) or www.ticketmaster.com. Strips of 10 tickets are $30, a savings of $2 per ticket off day-of-show prices. Phone orders for strip tickets can be placed by calling (614) 469-0939. For more information or to download an order form, please visit www.capa.com. Strip tickets are good for any film in any combination.

Day-of-show tickets to individual films are $5 and go on sale one hour prior to show time at the Ohio Theatre kiosk. Senior citizen tickets are $4. Kiosk sales are cash only.

All tickets to the following showings will be 50¢:
Casablanca, Friday, June 14, 7:30 pm
Casablanca, Saturday, June 15, 7:30 pm
Casablanca, Sunday, June 16, 2 pm
Casablanca, Sunday, June 16, 7:30 pm

Free admission with Columbus Metropolitan Library card:
Cartoon Capers, Saturday, July 27, 10 am

All tickets are general admission and seating is on a first come, first served basis.


Casablanca (1942)
Friday, June 14, 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 15, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 16, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
“Here’s looking at you, kid.” Winner of three Oscars including Best Picture, Casablanca topped the American Film Institute’s list of America’s Greatest Love Stories. Bogart and Bergman sizzle as star-crossed lovers fighting an ill-fated and powerful attraction while caught in a web of WWII politics, espionage, and deceit. 50¢ admission for all showings June 14-16!

Back to the Future (1985)
Rated PG
Wednesday & Thursday, June 19 & 20, 7:30 pm daily
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
Teenager Marty McFly is the only kid to ever get in trouble before he was born! When he’s blasted from 1985 back to 1955 aboard a plutonium-powered DeLorean, he triggers a time-shattering chain reaction with only one hope to get him Back to the Future!

Libeled Lady (1936)
Friday, June 21, 7:30 pm
Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy
This screwball romantic comedy portrays the elaborate scheme of a newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and a down-on-his-luck reporter as they attempt to turn a false news story into truth to prevent a high-society woman from suing for libel.

Cartoon Capers
Saturday, June 22, 10 am
Enjoy an amalgamation of animated antics featuring your favorite Warner Bros. cartoon stars including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck! Digital presentation.

Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (1951)
Saturday, June 22, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 23, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker

“My theory is that everyone is a potential murderer.” In this gripping Hitchcock thriller co-written by Raymond Chandler, a psychopath plotting to get rid of his father proposes to “trade murders” with a tennis pro hoping to end a stifling marriage.

True Grit (1969)

Wednesday & Thursday, June 26 & 27, 7:30 pm daily
John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell
Wayne won an Oscar for his portrayal of the drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn who teams up with a Texas Ranger to help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory. Digital presentation.

Friday, June 28, 7:30pm
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. Digital presentation.
This Island Earth (1955)

Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason
Atomic scientist Cal Meacham receives a strange invitation to join a secret lab in Georgia to work on a secret research project.

The Music Man (1962)
Saturday, June 29, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 30, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Ron Howard
In this jubilant Meredith Willson musical, Preston reprises his Tony-winning role as Harold Hill, a smooth-talking con artist who hoodwinks the folks of River City, Iowa, into organizing a boys’ band with himself as the leader. Famed tunes include “76 Trombones,” “Ya’ Got Trouble,” and “Till There Was You.” Digital presentation.

Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

Rated R
Friday, July 5, 7:30 pm
Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor
The troubled life and career of legendary jazz Billie Holiday is highlighted by Diana Ross’ searing Oscar-nominated performance. Digital presentation.

Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Saturday, July 6, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 7, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne
Walt Disney’s first full-length animated feature production earned him an honorary Oscar (one statuette and seven miniature statuettes) for this tale of a princess exiled into a dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother but rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of the family. Digital presentation.

Sabrina (1954)
Wednesday & Thursday, July 10 & 11, 7:30 pm daily
Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden
The daughter of a chauffeur falls madly in love with the youngest playboy son of a Long Island society family, but his older brother plots to intervene. Billy Wilder’s romantic comedy showcases these three stars at their best! Digital presentation.

Friday, July 12, 7:30 pm
Meet local TV and radio legend Fritz the Nite Owl when he hosts Fright Nite Friday in his signature Nite Owl Theatre-style at the CAPA Summer Movie Series!
Jaws (1975)
Rated PG
Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
Steven Spielberg keeps you on the edge of your seat in this summer blockbuster about a police chief, a marine scientist, and a grizzled fisherman determined to save their town from a great white shark that has been menacing its beaches. Digital presentation.

West Side Story (1961)
Saturday, July 13, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 14, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno
Leonard Bernstein’s landmark “Romeo and Juliet” musical moved from Broadway to Hollywood and won ten Academy Awards. Rival gangs and star-crossed lovers sing haunting melodies and memorable anthems, including “Maria,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Somewhere.”

Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 pm
Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles
Directed by Howard Hawks, this definitive screwball comedy includes a madcap heiress, an absentminded zoologist, a giant brontosaurus, a pet leopard, and a single-minded Scottish terrier. Grant and Hepburn’s chemistry and comic timing make this one of the fastest and funniest films ever!

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)

Thursday & Friday, July 18 & 19, 7:30 pm daily
Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy
The most expensive film from the silent era, this tale of a wrongly imprisoned Jewish prince searching for his family and the opportunity to enact revenge on the childhood friend who betrayed him includes moving drama and spectacular action.

Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958)
Rated PG
Saturday, July 20, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 21, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
Hailed as Hitchcock’s ultimate masterpiece, this taut mystery/suspense thriller showcases Stewart as a detective forced to retire after his fear of heights causes the death of a fellow policeman, and perhaps, the woman he’s been hired to follow.

Pillow Talk (1959)
Wednesday & Thursday, July 24 & 25, 7:30 pm daily
Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall
Tempers flare when a New York interior designer must share a telephone line with a playboy songwriter who ties up the line flirting with women when she needs it for business. Plot twists ensue when he tries to enact revenge for her complaints by seducing her in the disguised voice of a sincere and upstanding Texas rancher.

Friday, July 26, 7:30pm
Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley
Private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by recently released Moose Malloy to find his former girlfriend but soon finds himself in a complex web of deceit where no one’s motivation is obvious.
The Narrow Margin (1952)

Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White
A tough cop must outwit mob killers stalking a witness aboard a cross-country train. A landmark in film noir cinema filled with non-stop suspense. Digital presentation.

Cartoon Capers
Saturday, July 27, 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! Digital presentation.
Library Card Day – Up to four free admissions with a library card!

Woman of the Year (1942)
Saturday, July 27, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 28, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Fay Bainter
In this Oscar-winning romantic comedy, rival newspaper reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married only to find their relationship strained when Sam begins to feel neglected because of Tess' hectic lifestyle.

Jezebel (1938)
Wednesday & Thursday, July 31 & August 1, 7:30 pm daily
Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Fay Bainter
In one of her most renowned roles, Bette Davis portrays a spoiled Southern belle who loses her fiancée with her arrogant and contrary ways. When she tries to win him back, she discovers it may be too late. Davis and Bainter both won Oscars for their performances!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1988)

Rated PG-13 Friday, August 2, 7:30pm
Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara
High school wise guy Ferris Bueller is determined to take the day off from school and convinces best friend Cameron and girlfriend Sloane to head into Chicago for a wild escape but the principal is in hot pursuit. Digital presentation.

The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Saturday, August 3, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 4, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady
When American Mimi Glossop travels to England to seek a divorce from her absentee husband, she meets and unexpectedly falls for the dashing American dancer Guy Holden. The film received three Oscar nominations and won the very first Oscar for Best Song for "The Continental," a 22-minute production number.

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Rated PG
Wednesday & Thursday, August 7 & 8, 7:30 pm daily
Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton
Unmatched in suspense, this Billy Wilder/Agatha Christie crime thriller received six Oscar nominations. Ailing criminal lawyer Sir Wilfrid finds himself defending Leonard Vole, a charmer accused of murdering a rich, middle-aged widow with only his cold and unpredictable wife as an alibi.

Enter the Dragon (1973)

Rated R
Friday, August 9, 7:30 pm
Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly
The ultimate in Kung Fu action as martial arts expert Lee is recruited to infiltrate a drug operation under the guise of participating in a deadly competition.

Oklahoma! (1955)
Saturday, August 10, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 11, 2 pm & 7:30pm
Gordon McRae, Shirley Jones, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson
In this Oscar-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, a couple of young cowboys in the Oklahoma territory fight for the hearts of their sweethearts. The memorable score includes "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," and "People Will Say We're in Love." Digital presentation.

Digital Presentations
All efforts are made to screen films in 35mm whenever possible; however, distributors are increasingly moving to digital-only distribution. Digital presentations for 2019 include True Grit, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Music Man, Lady Sings the Blues, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sabrina, Jaws, The Narrow Margin, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Oklahoma!, and both Saturday morning cartoon programs.

Movies are subject to change without notice.