Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, the Columbus Association for Performing Arts’ Summer Movie Series is one of the longest-running film series in the United States. Beginning June 4 and running through July 25, 2010, attendees can see films ranging from musicals to mysteries with comedy, drama, action and romance offerings as well.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, the CAPA Summer Movie Series shows over 20 films at the spectacular and historic Ohio Theatre in downtown Columbus, OH. The Ohio Theatre, sports an ornate décor (along with a 21-foot chandelier.) Capitalizing on Columbus’ diverse film audiences, the Summer Movie Series has created a variety of programming including Saturday morning cartoons for the kids, “Chick Flick” Fridays, “Late Night” Fridays and classic silent films offerings with live organ accompaniment.
This year’s line up includes Hitchcock gems Rear Window (1954) and Strangers on a Train (1951), classic musicals Singing in the Rain (1952), Carousel (1956), The Music Man (1962) and My Fair Lady (1964) and screwball comedies It Happened One Night (1939), Some Like it Hot (1959) and My Man Godfrey (1936.)
If you’re hoping to scare a bit of classic horror then Boris Karloff in Frankenstein (1931) or Lon Chaney, Jr. as the The Wolf Man (1941) might satisfy your urge. If not, then the eerie The Omen (1976) might send the desired shivers down your spine.
Dramas are given their due with Rio Bravo starring John Wayne and Dean Martin and Oscar-winning film Patton (1970) starring George C. Scott. In addition to Hitchcock, 1944’s Double Idemnity gives audience members a dose of film noir. Bette Davis films Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962) and All About Eve (1950) show the actress at her acting (and campiest) best whether playing a star of the theatre or a deranged former starlet who takes pleasure in torturing her wheel-chair bound sister.
“Chick Flick” Fridays offers two film options for the ladies: Pretty Woman (1980) and How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) while the Buster Keaton Double Feature serves up silent film Sherlock Jr. (1924) and 1925’s Seven Chances both accompanied on the Ohio Theatre’s grand organ. Kids and families can enjoy the animated antics of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Pepe Le Pew at Cartoon Capers on certain Saturdays at 10 am. The whole family can also enjoy 1985’s The Goonies starring Sean Astin and Josh Brolin.
Parking for the Summer Movie Series is easy: Located underneath the theatre is the City Center parking garage. Garages prices vary per event so always have at least $6.00 to $7.00 dollars on hand (or a debit card.) In addition, there are numerous meters around the theatre that are free after 6 pm. But can be a challenge to find.
Most films are shown on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30 pm with some being shown on Sundays at 2:00 pm. Cartoon Capers are screened on Saturdays at 10 am and Late Night Fridays offers movies beginning at 11 pm.
Because the Ohio Theatre is a historic Landmark, patrons are able to take a guided tour to get a behind-the-scenes peek of the theatre while learning about its history. Three tours are offered throughout the summer: June 12, June 26 and July 10. Tours require registration, but are free. CAPA even offers a Summer Movie Series hotline: 614-719-6743. Tickets for the films can be purchased in blocks of 10 for $25. For individual screenings, tickets are $4.00 per person or $3.50 for Senior Citizens. Tickets can be ordered by calling 614-469-0939 or by visiting the CAPA ticket office at 55 East State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
For more information on specific films, show times and dates check out the CAPA website at www.capa.com or call 614-469-0939.