The CAPA Summer Movie Series, the longest-running classic film series in America, celebrates its 41st anniversary in 2011 with an impressive assembly of classics, cult favorites, and much beloved films. The 2011 series, made possible through the generous support of PNC, will run June 17 - August 13 at the historic Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.).
In early 2011, CAPA introduced the Fan Favorite Film online contest, offering patrons the chance to nominate and vote on films they would like to see on the big screen as part of the CAPA Summer Movie Series. This year's winner is To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) which will be shown on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26.
On July 8, local TV and radio legend Fritz the Nite Owl will be the special host of this year's "Fright Nite Friday" featuring a Frankenstein double feature-Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). Patrons will have the chance to meet Fritz in the lobby prior to the show, and he'll also introduce both films.
Other 2011 highlights include eight series premieres, a silent film with live musical accompaniment, two Saturday mornings of classic cartoons, one "Late Nite Friday," one "Chick Flick Friday," and one "Fright Nite Friday" double feature.
The silent film presentation will be Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) with 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.
"Chick Flick Friday" is back with Bridget Jones's Diary (1990 - Rated R) on Friday, June 24. "Late Nite Friday" has also returned with an 11 pm screening of Fight Club (1999 - Rated R) on Friday, July 29. Both films are series premieres.
The popular Cartoon Capers also return on Saturday, June 25, and Saturday, July 23. Both showings will begin at 10 am and feature classic Warner Brothers and MGM cartoons.
Digital presentations for 2011 include High Noon and both Saturday morning cartoon programs.
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 20th 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 also been professionally involved with over 200 pipe organ installations to date and has earned the ATOS Technician of Merit award, the only person to receive both ATOS distinctions.
Organist David Fleischer will also provide live organ accompaniment at select movie screenings.
Select films on CAPA's 2011 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. Audio description is provided in association with Accessible Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing audio-description for cultural arts events. Audio-described film titles TBA. For more information, contact Judy Smith at (614) 469-1045.
CAPA Summer Movie Series ticket strips, one of Central Ohio's best entertainment bargains, can be purchased now through Saturday, July 30, at the Ohio Theatre ticket office (39 E. State St.) or www.ticketmaster.com<http://www.ticketmaster.com/>. Strips of 10 tickets are $25, a savings of $1.50 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<http://www.capa.com/>. Strip tickets are good for any film in any combination.
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 citizen tickets are $3.50.
All tickets are general admission and seating is on a first come, first served basis.
2011 CAPA SUMMER MOVIE SERIES
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Friday, June 17, 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 18, 7:30pm
Sunday, June 19, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger
"Lions and tigers and bears...oh my!" 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."