The CAPA Summer Movie Series always becomes my favorite Columbus summer movie series about mid-summer, when it’s capital H Hot and sitting inside a cavernous air conditioned movie theater sounds like paradise.
This is the 43rd year for the series (which, interestingly enough, is the longest running classic film series in America), and it will feature 27 films from June 28 through Aug. 25 at the Ohio Theatre.
Ticket strips are on sale now—get 10 tickets for $25, saving you $1.50 per ticket. But, of course, a day-of-show ticket will only set you back $4.
Here’s this year’s lineup straight from the press release. See you soon.
Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief (1955)
Friday, June 28, 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 29, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 30, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams
The sunny French Riviera provides a picturesque backdrop as the elegant Cary Grant plays a reformed cat burglar searching for a copycat thief while romancing a vacationing Grace Kelly.
Annie Hall (1977)
Friday, July 5, 7:30 pm
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Shelley Duvall, Christopher Walken
In this four-time Oscar-winning romantic comedy, Alvy Singer (Allen) is a divorced, neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) is dating a high school girl, but looks for love in the mistress of his best friend.
An American in Paris (1951)
Saturday, July 6, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 7, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Nina Foch
Vincente Minnelli directed this gorgeous, Oscar-sweeping MGM musical with a joyous Gershwin score including “I Got Rhythm,” “S’Wonderful,” “Embraceable You,” and the classic title ballet!
Grand Hotel (1932)
Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 pm
Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John and Lionel Barrymore
In this Best Picture Oscar winner, a posh, Berlin hotel bustles with a glamorous, all-star cast, including the divine Garbo as a world-weary ballerina, John Barrymore as her jewel thief lover, and Crawford as an ambitious stenographer.
Citizen Kane (1941)
Thursday & Friday, July 11 & 12, 7:30 pm daily
Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Joseph Cotten
This ground-breaking tale about an eccentric newspaper tycoon bears a striking resemblance to the life of William Randolph Hearst. Shocking to audiences when first released, it is now registered as a national treasure with the Library of Congress.
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Saturday, July 13, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 14, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters
The all-star cast aboard the S.S. Poseidon are in for quite a journey when the aged luxury liner on her final voyage unexpectedly capsizes, resulting in a Special Achievement Academy Award for Visual Effects!
Saturday, July 13, 10 am
Enjoy an amalgamation of animated antics featuring Warner Bros. cartoon stars Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, plus Tom and Jerry, Popeye, Superman, and the works of legendary American animator, cartoonist, voice actor, and director Tex Avery!
Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry (1955)
Wednesday & Thursday, July 17 & 18, 7:30 pm daily
John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine
One of Hitchcock’s few comedies, the trouble with Harry Worp is that he turned up deceased but no one is sure who killed him, including the numerous suspects themselves.
The Court Jester (1955)
Friday, July 19, 7:30 pm
Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Angela Lansbury, Basil Rathbone
In this lavishly-produced musical comedy, an ex-carnival entertainer (Kaye) in medieval England is the unlikely hero chosen to protect the kingdom’s infant heir to the throne after the royal family is overthrown.
Great comedy bits include a hilarious duel between Kaye and Rathbone, and the immortal “the poison’s in the vessel with the pestle” routine.
Swing Time (1936)
Saturday, July 20, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 21, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore
A memorable Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields score includes “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Pick Yourself Up,” and “A Fine Romance.” Astaire performs an unforgettable tribute to Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Wednesday, July 24, 7:30 pm
Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway
A bored, small-town girl and a small-time bank robber leave a string of violent robberies in their wake, catching the imagination of the Depression-struck Midwest in this take on the legendary crime spree of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.
The Thin Man (1934)
Thursday, July 25, 7:30 pm
William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O’Sullivan, Nat Pendleton
Based on the Dashiell Hammett novel, this stylish film inspired five sequels with its delightful blend of mystery, romance, and screwball comedy. Powell and Loy are perfection as the sophisticated Nick and Nora Charles, a married couple who gets a kick out of a good “whodunit.”
FRIGHT NITE FRIDAY WITH FRITZ!
Friday, July 26, 7:30 pm
Meet local TV and radio legend Fritz the Nite Owl when he hosts the Fright Nite Friday double feature! With two classic horror films, two series premieres, and Fritz, it’s sure to be an epic night of fun and fright!
Son of Dracula (1943)
Lon Chaney Jr., Robert Paige, Louise Allbritton, Evelyn Ankers,
The final installment of Universal’s Dracula trilogy, this is the first film where a vampire turns into a bat on screen.
The Black Cat (1934)
Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi
On route to their honeymoon, a newlywed couple’s travels take a dark turn when they mistakenly find themselves in the middle of a twisted feud between old “friends.”
The Sting (1973)
Saturday, July 27, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 28, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Robert Shaw, Eileen Brennan
In this Academy Award-winning blockbuster, the delicious cons of Newman and Redford are set against the gritty and glittering world on 1930s Chicago and filled with the ragtime music of Scott Joplin.
Gunga Din (1939)
Wednesday & Thursday, July 31 & August 1, 7:30 pm daily
Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Inspired by Kipling’s epic poem, this beloved adventure classic about three friends and soldiers battling the Punjabs in 19th-century India is filled with lavish battle scenes, riveting action, and colorful spectacle.
And Now For Something Completely Different (1971)
Friday, August 2, 7:30 pm
John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman
This collection of favorite sketches from the cult TV comedy show "Monty Python's Flying Circus" includes such classics as "Nudge, Nudge," "Hell's Grannies," "Killer Cars," "Dead Parrot," "Lumberjack Song," "Blackmail," and "Upper Class Twit of the Year."
Mary Poppins (1964)
Saturday, August 3, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 4, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke
Julie Andrews enchants as Mary Poppins, going above and beyond her duties (literally!) to unite the Banks family with the help of some imagination and a “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” soundtrack including "Chim-Chim-Cheree" and “A Spoonful of Sugar.”
The Great Gatsby (1974)
Wednesday, August 7, 7:30 pm
Robert Redford, Mia Farrow
In this two-time Academy Award winning romantic drama, a young Midwesterner finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his new Long Island neighbor, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby.
The Little American (1917)
Thursday & Friday, August 8 & 9, 7:30 pm daily
Mary Pickford, Jack Holt, Raymond Hatton
Accompanied live by Clark Wilson on the Ohio Theatre’s prized “Mighty Morton” organ!
Restoration print from the UCLA Film & Television Archive
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, silent screen celebrity Mary Pickford stars as an American woman in love with both a German and a French soldier during World War I.
Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Saturday, August 10, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 11, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda DeBanzie, Daniel Gelin
Spies, kidnapping, and political assassination fuel this thriller filmed in colorful locales from Morocco to England as an American doctor innocently becomes involved in an international intrigue while on vacation with family in Marrakesh. Doris Day sings the Oscar-winning "Que Sera, Sera."
Saturday, August 10, 10 am
Enjoy a collection of classic characters from animation’s heyday featuring many Warner Brothers and MGM superstars including Bugs Bunny, Popeye, Daffy Duck, and Superman, plus a few surprises!
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Wednesday & Thursday, August 14 & 15, 7:30 pm daily
John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney
In his first starring role, Travolta plays Tony Manero, a working-class Brooklyn youth who finds meaning in his life when dancing the night away at the local disco dream palace. High-energy film score filled with ‘70s platter hits from the Bee Gees!
Artists and Models (1955)
Friday, August 16, 7:30 pm
Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Shirley MacLaine
This zany musical comedy features Dean Martin as a struggling cartoonist who hits the big time when he uses roommate Jerry Lewis’ crazy dreams for inspiration.
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
Saturday, August 17, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 18, 2 pm & 7:30 pm daily
Topol, Norma Crane, Molly Picon, Leonard Frey, Rosalind Harris, Michael Glaser
One of the most-beloved movie musicals of all time, this cinematic adaptation of the stage hit about a man trying to find romantic matches for three of his five daughters includes classic numbers such as “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker,” and “If I Were a Rich Man.”
Touch of Evil (1958)
Wednesday & Thursday, August 21 & 22, 7:30 pm daily
Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich
Orson Welles’ shocking film noir thriller follows a Mexican government investigator (Heston) and his young American wife (Leigh) as they are forced to put their honeymoon on hold when they become embroiled in a frame-up in an American border town.
Friday, August 23, 7:30 pm
I’m No Angel (1933)
Mae West, Cary Grant
In this bawdy, pre-code comedy classic, sideshow star Mae West pursues wealthy Cary Grant.
The Bank Dick (1940)
W.C. Fields, Cora Witherspoon, Una Merkel
Pretending to be a film director, Fields plays a henpecked drunk that unintentionally captures a bank robber and is then hired as a bank guard.
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Saturday, August 24, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 25, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sean Connery, Jill St. John
James Bond, Agent 007, invades Las Vegas to battle arch-villain Blofeld’s plot to use diamonds for a deadly laser satellite.