I always try to make it a point to see at least a few offerings of the CAPA Summer Movie Series; I have very fond memories of watching The Thief of Bagdad with the Ohio Theatre’s magnificent organ providing the score. Wings, the 1927 Oscar winner for Best Picture, is already on my calendar for this year.
This year’s lineup is below. All of worthy of note, but The Male Animal, based on the play by Columbus native James Thurber should go over big with the local crowd. I have hazy memories of watching the film on cable, and seem to recall several references to Ohio State and the campus area (though I suspect most of the film wasn’t shot here.)
One staff member saw it recently, and told me that the film mentions Granville, OH (which is where I live), which would be one of three references of I know of that mentions my fair village. (The other two are from Scott Wiper films, another native, who loves to film his hometown.)
Here’s the line-up:
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 Westâ€™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 Dunlopâ€™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 captainâ€™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 â€œOld Man River.â€
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 yaâ€™, punk?”
Saturday, August 1, 10 am
Enjoy a dozen classic cartoons from the â€˜40s and â€˜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.
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
â€œNobody puts Baby in a corner.â€ Itâ€™s the summer of 1963 and sheltered Frances â€œBabyâ€ 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 â€œ(Iâ€™ve Had the) Time of My Life.â€
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 Hammersteinâ€™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 â€œGetting to Know You,â€ â€œHello Young Lovers,â€ and â€œShall We Dance.â€
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 wifeâ€™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!
Thursday & Friday, August 13 & 14, 7:30 pm daily
Clara Bow, Charles â€œBuddyâ€ 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 Theatreâ€™s historic â€œMighty Mortonâ€ 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!
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 Manorsâ€™ mental asylum and falls in love with the cold but beautiful Dr. Petersen (Bergman). Oddly, it turns out Peck might be an impostor and murderer suffering from amnesia, and it is up to Bergman to discover the truth before itâ€™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 familyâ€™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.
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 animationâ€™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!
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
â€œI’m not crazy, Mâ€™Lynn. I’ve just been in a very bad mood for 40 years!â€ 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 Hammersteinâ€™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.”