CAPA summer movies announced

Staff Report

Movie Ticket Strips on Sale Now

The CAPA Summer Movie Series, the longest-running classic film series in America, celebrates its 47th anniversary in 2017 with an impressive assembly of classics, cult favorites, and beloved films. The 2017 series, made possible through the generous support of PVS Chemicals, will run June 16–August 6 at the historic Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) and will feature 25 films over eight weeks.

2017 highlights include 10 series premieres, a silent film with live musical accompaniment, two Saturday mornings of classic cartoons, a Comedy Double Feature, a Vamp and Camp Double Feature, and a special twist on the return of Fright Nite Friday hosted by Fritz the Nite Owl.

Nite Owl Theatre Returns!

Return to the days of Nite Owl Theatre as local legend Fritz the Nite Owl hosts a special Fright Nite Friday presentation of The Shining (1980). After a live introduction from Fritz, fans will be launched into a full episode of Nite Owl Theatre complete with era-appropriate, retro commercials and Fritz’s signature breaks loaded with trivia-tastic tomfoolery and campy special effects.

Digital Presentations

All efforts are made to screen films in 35mm whenever possible; however, distributors are increasingly moving to digital-only distribution. Digital presentations for 2017 include Shadow of the Thin Man, The Shining, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, South Pacific, The Freshman, Shall We Dance, and both Saturday morning cartoon programs.

Show Tunes

Now celebrating his 26th CAPA Summer Movie Series, Clark Wilson, official organist for the CAPA Summer Movie Series, will once again provide pre-show and intermission entertainment at the keys of the Ohio Theatre’s “Mighty Morton” theatre organ 30 minutes prior to each screening. Organist David Fleisher will also provide live organ accompaniment at select movie screenings.

Audio-Described Movies

Select films on CAPA’s 2017 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. For more information, contact Keisha Dean at 614-469-1045.


CAPA Summer Movie Series ticket strips, one of central Ohio’s best entertainment bargains, can be purchased now through Sunday, July 23, at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.) or Strips of 10 tickets are $30, a savings of $2 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 $5 and go on sale one hour prior to show time at the Ohio Theatre kiosk. Senior citizen tickets are $4. Kiosk sales are cash only.

All tickets are general admission and seating is on a first come, first served basis.


All About Eve (1950)

Friday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 17, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 18, 2 pm & 7:30 p.m.

Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders

Flawless acting and directing mark this sophisticated drama about trust and betrayal in the world of New York theatre. Davis glows as an ageless, eternally successful actress, and Baxter is unsettling as the unscrupulous young starlet who connives to unseat her. Oscar winner for Best Picture!

Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Wednesday & Thursday, June 21 & 22, 7:30 p.m. daily

Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain

Oscar-winning film noir account of a beautiful, but obsessive, woman who stops at nothing, including murder, to get what she desires.

Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Friday, June 23, 7:30 p.m.

Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy

Presley brings bravado and cockiness to the role of a construction worker who served a prison sentence then fights his way to musical stardom. With ample doses of hip-swiveling and crooning, Elvis fans enthusiastically rank this as one of his best movies.

Cartoon Capers

Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m.

Enjoy an amalgamation of animated antics featuring your favorite Warner Bros. cartoon stars including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck!

Hitchcock’s Suspicion (1941)

Saturday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 25, 2 pm & 7:30 p.m.

Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke

In this Hitchcock thriller about love, betrayal, and murder, charming gambler Johnnie Aysgarth wins the heart and hand of heiress Lina, but she grows increasingly skeptical of her groom—does he really love her or is he secretly planning her untimely end?

You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

Wednesday & Thursday, June 28 & 29, 7:30 p.m. daily

Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore

Oscar winner for Best Picture and Director (Frank Capra), this hilarious tale of capitalism versus the little guy delivers big laughs when a wealthy industrialist’s son falls for the daughter of a poor but eccentric family.


Dark Passage (1947)

Friday, June 30, 7:30 p.m.

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Agnes Moorehead

In this Bogart/Bacall film noir thriller, a convict escapes prison to prove his innocence, and receives help from a young woman who believes he was unjustly condemned for the murder of his wife.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

Saturday, July 1, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 2, 2 pm & 7:30 p.m.

Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell, Ed Begley

This Hollywood adaptation of Meredith Willson’s big Broadway musical is based on the true story of a passenger on the ill-fated Titanic that became a hero. Reynolds is fabulous in her Oscar-nominated role as a backwoods girl with big dreams who becomes one of the wealthiest women in Denver.

Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

Wednesday, July 5, 7:30 p.m.

Julie Andrews, James Fox, Mary Tyler Moore

Fresh from Salina, Kansas and determined to experience life, fearless young Millie Dillmount arrives in New York during the Roaring Twenties to test the “modern” ideas she has been reading about back home. Oscar winner for Best Music Score!


Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)

Thursday, July 6, 7:30 p.m. daily

William Powell, Myrna Loy, Donna Reed

In the fourth of “Thin Man” movies, Nick and Nora are at their wisecracking best as they investigate murder and racketeering at a local race track.


Friday, July 7, 7:30 p.m.

Meet local TV and radio legend Fritz the Nite Owl when he hosts Fright Nite Friday!


The Shining (1980)

Rated R

Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd

Nicholson is at his horrific best as a former teacher that takes his wife and son to an isolated hotel in the mountains of Colorado where he accepts a job as the eerie resort’s winter caretaker.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Rated PG-13

Saturday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 9, 2 pm & 7:30 p.m.

Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody

In this Steven Spielberg/George Lucas production, swashbuckling archeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is on the dig of a lifetime, searching for the Holy Grail with fellow archeologist and father Henry Jones (Sean Connery). Keeping up with the Joneses has never been so much fun!


Beetlejuice (1988)

Rated PG

Wednesday & Thursday, July 12 & 13, 7:30 p.m. daily

Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton

Recently deceased Adam and Barbara happily haunt the New England farmhouse they formerly owned until a new family moves in. After failed attempts to spook out the new residents, the couple conjures the help of fellow spirit Beetlejuice, but get more than their bargained for. Plenty of signature quirky comedy, courtesy of director Tim Burton.


Friday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.


Belle of the Nineties (1934)

Mae West, Roger Pryor, Johnny Mack Brown

Queen of the nightclub sporting world, Ruby Carter moves to New Orleans and quickly becomes the star attraction of The Sensation Club, only to be troubled by drama from her past.

Cobra Woman (1944)

Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu

Made as a serious, exotic, Technicolor adventure, this epic now garners more laughs than most intentional comedies. When his fiancée Tollea is kidnapped, Ramu sets out for a strange Pacific island ruled by her menacing twin sister Naja, the Cobra Woman, who wants Ramu all to herself.

South Pacific (1958)

Saturday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 16, 2 pm & 7:30 p.m.

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.”

The Right Stuff (1983)

Rated PG

Wednesday, July 19, 7:30 p.m.

Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris

Winner of four Oscars, this is the account of the original Mercury 7 astronauts (which included hometown hero John Glenn), and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the US space program.



The Freshman (1925)

Thursday & Friday, July 20 & 21, 7:30 p.m. daily

Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict

Filled with hilarious scenes and gags, this is one of the top comedies from one of the silent era’s greatest comedians. Harold Lamb is determined to do whatever it takes to become the most popular student at Tate University, but finds himself the target of practical jokes and ridicule until his one true friend helps him refocus on what’s truly important.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Saturday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 23, 2 pm & 7:30 p.m.

Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Brock Peters

Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, a widowed, idealistic Southern lawyer tries to raise his children and defend a black man wrongly accused of rape in 1930’s Alabama. Gregory Peck’s Oscar-winning portrayal of Atticus Finch is immortalized as the American Film Institute’s No. 1 Movie Hero of All Time.


Hitchcock’s I Confess (1953)

Wednesday & Thursday, July 26 & 27, 7:30 p.m. daily

Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden

A young priest becomes a murder suspect after hearing the confession of the real killer, but is prevented by his vows from revealing the truth to the police.


Flamingo Road (1949)

Friday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.

Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet

Stranded in a southern town ruled by a corrupt kingpin, a carnival dancer turned roadhouse hostess can’t escape the power struggles of the local government driven by misguided political ambitions.

Cartoon Capers

Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m.

Enjoy a collection of classic characters from animation’s heyday featuring many Warner Brothers superstars including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and a few surprises!

Charade (1963)

Saturday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 30, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau

In this comedy-thriller filled with witty dialogue, humorous situations, and the scenic beauty of Paris, Grant plays an undercover agent aiding widow Hepburn in a search for her late husband’s fortune while a trio of crooks—headed by Matthau—follows close behind.


For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Rated PG

Wednesday & Thursday, August 2 & 3, 7:30 p.m. daily

Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol

Agent 007 is at it again when a British spy trawler sinks and he is assigned to recover a lost encryption device before it falls into enemy hands. Action and intrigue abound in one of Moore’s best outings as James Bond.


Friday, August 4, 7:30 p.m.


The Cat and the Canary (1939)

Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Gale Sondergaard

Murder and madness ensue when an eccentric family meets at their uncle’s remote, decaying mansion on the tenth anniversary of his death for the reading of his will. Hope’s wisecracking role ensured his stature as one of the top movie comics.

Monkey Business (1931)

The Marx Brothers

More fun than four barrels of monkeys! It’s comedy on the high seas when the zany Marx Brothers stow away on an ocean liner.

Shall We Dance (1937)

Saturday, August 5, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 6, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton

A budding romance between a ballet master and a tap dancer becomes complicated when rumors surface that they’re already married. Famous Gershwin songs include “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” (performed on roller skates)!

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 generous support of The National Endowment for the Arts, the Florence E. K. Hurd and Robert B. Hurst Funds of The Columbus Foundation, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

About CAPA

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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