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CAPA Announces Their 2009 Summer Movie Series Line-up Of Classics & Cult Faves

CAPA's 2009 Summer Movie Series, the longest-running classic film series in America, celebrates its 39th anniversary with a lineup of classics, cult favorites, and most beloved films. The 2009 series will run July 17 - August 30, at the historic Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.), and is made possible through the generous support of National City, now a part of PNC.

2009 highlights include nine series premieres, one silent film, five musicals, two Saturday mornings of classic cartoons, two "Late Nite Fridays," two "Chick Flick Fridays," and two "dirty" movies. With 20 films covering practically every genre, there's something for everyone-action, suspense, romance, comedy, drama, sci-fi, musicals, a Western, and even a little good-humored horror.

In celebration of the 25th birthday of central Ohio's literary jewel, the Thurber House, the 2009 Summer Movie Series will hold Thurber Night on Wednesday, August 12. The evening begins with A Unicorn in the Garden, a 7-minute animated short based on a 1939 James Thurber short story, followed by the series premiere of The Male Animal (1942). Starring Henry Fonda and Olivia de Haviland, the film is based on the 1940 James Thurber play of the same title which explores the battle between the sexes.

This year's silent film, Wings (1927), features silent film star and "it girl" Clara Bow in a story of wartime romance. The film, which includes actual WWI combat footage and stunning aerial photography, earned the very first Oscar for Best Picture and an additional Oscar for Best Effects. Wings will be shown on Thursday and Friday, August 13 and 14, and will be accompanied live by featured organist Clark Wilson on the Ohio Theatre's original "Mighty Morton" organ.

"Chick Flick Fridays" are back in 2009 with Dirty Dancing (1987) on Friday, July 31, and Steel Magnolias (1989) on Friday, August 28. "Late Nite Fridays" have also returned with 11 pm screenings of Slap Shot (1977) on Friday, July 24, and Evil Dead II (1987) on Friday, August 21. All four films are series premieres. Both "Late Nite Friday" films are rated R.

The popular Cartoon Capers return to Saturday mornings-Saturday, August 1, and Saturday, August 22. Both showings will begin at 10 am and will feature classic Warner Brothers and MGM cartoons.

The Summer Movie Series will expand into a limited number of digital presentations in 2009, increasing the pool of films available for screening. Digital presentations will include Slap Shot (1977), Dirty Dancing (1987), Evil Dead II (1987), Road to Bali (1952), and South Pacific (1958). Last shown as part of the Series in 1987, South Pacific had become unavailable in a 35mm format, so the new digital format allows it to be screened once again.

Show Tunes

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" organ 30 minutes prior to show time.

Now in his 18th CAPA Summer Movie Series, Clark has received both the Technician of the Year and Organist of the Year awards from the American Theatre Organ Society, the only person to have been awarded both titles.

Organists Jack Mader and David Fleischer will also provide live organ accompaniment at select movie screenings.

Audio-Described Movies

Select films on CAPA's 2008 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 August 9 at the Ohio Theatre ticket office (39 E. State St.) or 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 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.


Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Friday, July 17, 7:30 pm

Saturday, July 18, 7:30 pm

Sunday, July 19, 2 pm & 7:30 pm

Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katherine Ross, Strother Martin

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, this star-studded Western about Bolivia-bound career train robbers Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid earned four Oscars. Ranked by the American Film Institute as the #73 greatest movie of all time and the #7 greatest film in the "Western" genre, Newman and Redford shine in their portrayal of the life and times of some of the Old West's most notorious desperados.

The Awful Truth (1937)

Wednesday & Thursday, July 22 & 23, 7:30 pm daily

Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Barbara Vance, Ralph Bellamy

Infidelity suspicions lead an otherwise happy high society New York couple to begin divorce proceedings and start pursuing other relationships. Still in love with each other but too stubborn to admit it, jealous shenanigans ensue. The gags, double entendre, witty remarks, snide comments, and fast-paced dialogue of this romantic comedy garnered it six Academy Award nominations.


The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Friday, July 24, 7:30 pm

Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe

Alien Klaatu and his powerful robot sidekick Gort have just landed on earth to force humans into a peaceful existence. One of the great science-fiction classics of all time, director Robert Wise (West Side Story) offers an ironic commentary on the political climate of the 1950s and a quiet observation of both the good and bad in human nature.



Slap Shot (1977)


Friday, July 24, 11 pm

Paul Newman, Strother Martin, Michael Ontkean, Jennifer Warren, Paul Dooley

Unsportsmanlike conduct is king in Coach Dunlop's world of hockey. One of the most hilariously irreverent films ever produced by Hollywood, this film corners the market in sharp, smart comedy with a farcical examination of minor league ice hockey.

Show Boat (1951)

Saturday, July 25, 7:30 pm

Sunday, July 26, 2 pm & 7:30 pm

Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel

The riverboat captain's daughter falls for a charismatic gambler, but their whirlwind romance is put in jeopardy when his luck runs out. This Kern-Hammerstein musical contains many staples of the great American songbook, including "Make Believe," "After the Ball," "Can't Help Lovin' That Man," and "Old Man River."


Dirty Harry (1971)

Wednesday-Friday, July 29-31, 7:30 pm daily

Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni

Harry Callahan (Eastwood) is a vigilante cop on the trail of a merciless San Francisco serial killer. Hassling with the red tape of bureaucracy leads Harry to recite one of the most popular lines in cinema history, "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya', punk?"

Cartoon Capers

Saturday, August 1, 10 am

Enjoy a dozen classic cartoons from the ‘40s and ‘50s featuring many of your favorite Warner Brothers superstars!

King Kong (1933)

Saturday, August 1, 7:30 pm

Sunday, August 2, 2 pm & 7:30 pm

Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot

Designated as one of the best 50 films of the century by the American Film Institute, this action adventure film is a marvel of stop-motion animation given the times in which it was created. From Skull Island to the Empire State Building, King Kong remains one of the most enduring and iconic films in Hollywood history.

Rebecca (1940)

Wednesday & Thursday, August 5 & 6, 7:30 pm daily

Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

This Gothic, romantic mystery about a dashing nobleman, his inhibited second wife, and the dark secret from his past earned Alfred Hitchcock his only Best Picture Oscar. With a mesmerizing musical score by Franz Waxman, this true film classic earned a second Oscar for its cinematography and nine additional nominations!



Dirty Dancing (1987)

Friday, August 7, 7:30 pm

Jennifer Gray, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach

"Nobody puts Baby in a corner." It's the summer of 1963 and sheltered Frances "Baby" Houseman is about to have the time of her life when she takes a family vacation to A Catskill lodge and meets swoon-worthy rebel and resident dance instructor Johnny Castle. This chick flick staple won a 1988 Oscar for Best Original Song with "(I've Had the) Time of My Life."

The King and I (1956)

Saturday, August 8, 7:30 pm

Sunday, August 9, 2 pm & 7:30 pm

Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno

This stunning film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway musical sparkles with unforgettable melodies and the tour-de-force performance of Oscar-winner Yul Brynner. His Siamese royal court is changed forever by a candid English schoolteacher amid such memorable tunes as "Getting to Know You," "Hello Young Lovers," and "Shall We Dance."



The Male Animal (1942)

Wednesday, August 12, 7:30 pm

Henry Fonda, Olivia de Haviland, Joan Leslie, Jack Carson

In this romantic comedy based on a James Thurber play, Midwestern University English professor Tommy Turner is having a bad week. Not only does he receive threats for planning to read a controversial piece of prose in class, but his wife's old boyfriend suddenly reappears during homecoming weekend and takes her out dancing after the football rally! Prior to the screening, catch A Unicorn in the Garden, a 7-minute animated short based on a 1939 Thurber short story!


Wings (1927)

Thursday & Friday, August 13 & 14, 7:30 pm daily

Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Richard Arlen

Winner of the very first Oscar for Best Picture, this riveting silent film classic features spectacular aerial photography, including actual WWI combat footage, as two all-American fly boys compete for the love of the girl next door. Accompanied live on the Ohio Theatre's historic "Mighty Morton" organ!

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Saturday, August 15, 7:30 pm

Sunday, August 16, 2 pm & 7:30 pm

Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, John Rhys-Davies

Archaeologist, professor, adventurer, and all-around superhero Indiana Jones can single-handedly fight off Nazis, discover the Ark of the Covenant, narrowly escape ancient death traps, and still manage to get the girl. This beloved Steven Spielberg/George Lucas action-adventure classic boasts a John Williams score and five Oscar wins!

Spellbound (1945)

Wednesday & Thursday, August 19 & 20, 7:30 pm daily

Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Leo G. Carroll

In this Oscar-winning drama, Dr. Edwards (Peck) arrives to head up Green Manors' mental asylum and falls in love with the cold but beautiful Dr. Petersen (Bergman). Oddly, it turns out Peck might be an imposter and murderer suffering from amnesia, and it is up to Bergman to discover the truth before it's too late.


Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Friday, August 21, 7:30 pm

Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Ruby Keeler, Ginger Rogers

In this Oscar-nominated musical, wealthy socialite turned composer Brad Roberts (Powell) falls for unemployed showgirl Polly Parker (Keeler). Despite his family's objections and attempts at meddling, he decides to back a new Broadway play to provide jobs for Polly and her fellow artists.



Evil Dead II (1987)


Friday, August 21, 11 pm

Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi, Denise Bixler

Ash Williams (Campbell) and girlfriend Linda (Bixler) decide to take a long weekend at a zombie-inducing cabin in the woods. In this horror genre parody of epic proportions, director Sam Raimi indulges his every high-tech horror movie fantasy with no-holds-barred gore galore.

Cartoon Capers

Saturday, August 22, 10 am

Step back in time to cartoons that found fun in a simple game of cat and mouse. Enjoy a collection of classic characters from animation's heyday featuring many Warner Brothers and MGM superstars including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Pepe LePew, Yosemite Sam, Tom & Jerry, and the works of legendary American animator, cartoonist, voice actor, and director Tex Avery!

Ben-Hur (1959)

Saturday, August 22, 7:30 pm

Sunday, August 23, 2 pm & 7:30 pm

Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet

Winner of an unprecedented 11 Oscars, this 3.5-hour historical epic of friendship betrayed is best appreciated on the big screen. Follow the extraordinary journey of Judah Ben-Hur (Heston) as he is unintentionally caught up in the political turmoil of the time of Christ and fights to survive the cruelty inflicted upon his body and soul. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary!


Road to Bali (1952)

Wednesday & Thursday, August 26 & 27, 7:30 pm daily

Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour

In an effort to avoid marriage, two song-and-dance men (Crosby & Hope) flee the Melbourne stage and take work as divers on a picturesque island en route to Bali. There they meet the beautiful Princess Lala (Lamour) and contend for her affections while fending off some shifty locals interested in a priceless chest of jewels found during their dangerous deep sea diving.



Steel Magnolias (1989)

Friday, August 28, 7:30 pm

Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts, Tom Skerritt, Dylan McDermott

"I'm not crazy, M'Lynn. I've just been in a very bad mood for 40 years!" Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the heartwarming and heartbreaking drama which earned Julia Roberts her first Oscar nomination. This star-studded story about the lives and loves of a group of strong, Southern women will make you laugh, cry, and miss your big hair.

South Pacific (1958)

Saturday, August 29, 7:30 pm

Sunday, August 30, 2 pm & 7:30 pm

Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, France Nuyen, Juanita Hall

This digitally restored print of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical about a WWII romance on a remote island boasts some of the finest songs in the American musical catalog including "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger than Springtime," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," "This Nearly Was Mine," and "Bali H'ai."

Movies are subject to change without notice.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. CAPA also appreciates the support of The Columbus Foundation, assisting donors and others in strengthening our community for the benefit of all of its citizens, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, supporting the city's artists and arts organizations since 1973.

Owner/operator of downtown Columbus' magnificent historic theatres (Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre) and manager of the Riffe Center Theatre Complex, Lincoln Theatre, and the Shubert Theater (New Haven, CT), CAPA is a non-profit, award-winning presenter of national and international performing arts and entertainment. For more information, visit


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