When, at the end of the summer, friends ask what you did on your vacation, you can tell them that you crossed America with Cary Grant, traveled to the Royal Albert Hall with Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day, and Steve With some planes, trains and automobiles stopped. Martin and John Candy.
More to think about: You can do all of this without going far beyond the Ohio Theater.
Starting next month, the Ohio theater will again be home to the CAPA Summer Movie Series, which officials say is the longest-running continuous classic film series in the United States.
The 52nd edition will begin on July 22 and continue through August 29 – a more compressed schedule than previous editions, but much longer than the short, 10-day edition of the series, which debuted last September with tighter capacity and social-direction. – was done under the instructions.
Rich Corsi, CAPA’s vice president of programming, said specific safety guidelines, including wearing a mask, had not been set at press time, but theater capacity is sure to be far more than the 11 percent admitted to last year’s film series. .
“(We) are very pleased to be able to expand it this year and fans of the series are very excited to come,” Corsi said.
Fans of classic films welcome return of extended film series
Among those fans is downtown resident Press Southworth III, a loyal series participant who typically sees between 75% and 80% of each season’s lineup.
“It’s a way of having a very relaxing summer evening, where you get the comfort of the theater and the big screen,” said Southworth, 73, executive director of the Jazz Arts Group. “I admit, I try to get down to the first five or six lines where that screen is in front of you.”
Along the way, Southworth has seen many faces of the same kind, season after season.
“Some of these people, I don’t even know by name,” he said. “They are the same people, in the same seat.”
Although the length of this year’s series has been reduced, the number of films presented – 21 features plus two Saturday-morning “cartoon capers” events – is comparable to a typical year as most will play just once. (During normal years, most films are shown for several days.)
“It’s a full summer squeezed into six weeks,” said film series organizer Clark Wilson, who will play the “Mighty Morton” pipe organ for the 30th summer, half an hour before showtime and during intermission.
In fact, the series will break some cinematic ground this year.
For the first time in its history, the series will open and close with films directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
The series will begin on July 22–23 with Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (with Stewart and Day as American tourists who find themselves at the Royal Albert Hall on a mission to find their kidnapped son). find). And, on August 28-29, Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”, starring Cary Grant as an Edman on the run from mixed detectives, will kick off the series.
In between, eight series premieres are on tap, including a fourth Indiana Jones adventure, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (July 24); classic drama “Sounder”, starring the late Cicely Tyson (July 30); and the prison-break picture “The Defiant Ones” starring Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis (August 27).
The series also featured John Hughes’ “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” for the first time on August 7, starring Steve Martin and John Candy as passengers who guard the road (and each other).
Returning favorites range from musical comedy (“Mary Poppins,” July 25) to screwball comedy (“My Man Godfrey,” July 29) to science-fiction (“The Day the Earth Stood Still,” July 31). styles are included.)
A “Friday Night Friday with Fritz!” The version of “Friday the 13th” – featuring pre-recorded commentaries by former WBNS-TV personality Fritz Peerenbaum, aka “Fritz the Night Owl” – will be shown (when else?) (Perenboom is not currently scheduled to appear in person.)
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, a 1923 silent film starring Lon Chane, was screened August 19–20 with Wilson live organised.
“People think of it as a horror movie, … it really isn’t,” Wilson said. “It’s a pathetic story, it’s a love work, but it gives a great opportunity to use lots of good music and even French-inspired organ compositions.”
Corsi anticipates that next summer’s series will be even closer to normal, with a longer schedule, multiple dates for more films, and the use of 35mm prints. (This year, all screenings will be digital due to uncertainties about the studio’s ability to ship print on time.)
“It’s happening back,” Corsi said. “We are shocked to have what we have right now.”
at a glance
The 52nd edition of the CAPA Summer Movie Series will take place at Ohio Theaters from July 22 to August 29, at 39 E. State St. single tickets cost $6, or $5 for seniors, and can be purchased at the Ohio Theater Box. Office of each show day. Stripes of tickets, $35 for 10 tickets, can be purchased by calling 614-469-0939 or by visiting www.capa.com. See website for current information on theater capacity and safety guidelines.
All movies begin at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted.
This year’s lineup:
• July 22-23: “the man who Knew Too Much”
• 24 July: “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
• July 25 at 2 pm: “Mary Poppins”
• 29 July: “My Man Godfrey”
• 30 July: “sound”
• 10 July 31: “Cartoon Capers” program
• 31 July: “The Day the Earth Stood Still”
• 2 p.m. Aug 1: “The Long, Long Trailer”
• August 5: “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974 ed.)
• August 6: “a tale of Two Cities”
• August 7: “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”
• 2 Aug 8: “Pinocchio”
• August 12: “Mr. C. Karma goes to town”
• Aug 13: “Friday Night with Fritz!” Presentation of “Friday the 13th”
• August 14: “past out”
• 2 Aug 15: “King and I”
• August 19-20: The silent film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”
• Aug 21: “East of Eden”
• 2 Aug 22: “Jason and the Argonauts”
• August 26: “To be and is not to be”
• August 27: “malicious people”
• 10 Aug 28: “Cartoon Capers” program
• Aug 28, 2 PM Aug 29: “North by Northwest”