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America’s longest-running classic film series celebrates 50 years in Columbus

America’s longest-running classic film series celebrates 50 years in Columbus

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America’s longest-running classic film series is back for its 50th year with a can’t-miss deal for you!

Beef up on your classic movie game with CAPA Summer Movie Series for only 50 cents on opening weekend! Leave your dollar bills at home for a two quarter showing of Casablanca from June 14-16.

Scroll down for more information and the full lineup.

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. The 2019 season features 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.

Casablanca (1942)
Friday, June 14, 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 15, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 16, 2 pm & 7:30 pm

“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)
Wednesday & Thursday, June 19 & 20, 7:30 pm daily

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

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

“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

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)

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. Digital presentation.

This Island Earth (1955)

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

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)
Friday, July 5, 7:30 pm

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)
Saturday, July 20, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 21, 2 pm & 7:30 pm

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

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)

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)

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

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

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)
Friday, August 2, 7:30pm

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

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)
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)
Friday, August 9, 7:30 pm

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

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.


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