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is Central New York's premier summer Cinephile film festival—a
place to see rarely-shown and newly-discovered films of the
silent and early talkie era, held at the historic 1,788-seat movie
palace, the Capitol Theatre, in Rome, New York, which opened in
December, 1928 as a movie house. Set in the small upstate New
York city of Rome (population
c.33,000) and regarded by attendees from the U.S., Canada, and Europe
as the movie lover’s dream vacation, the weekend festival starts late
Friday morning and ends early on Sunday evening. Screenings
arranged by session, with each session essentially comprised of a
double feature plus short subjects. Each session contains
intermissions and there are generous breaks between sessions (allowing
for meals) as well. The philosophy of Capitolfest is that
be time to savor the films, thus our slogan, “A vacation, not a
To date, Capitol remains the
only building in Rome constructed for the
specific purpose of exhibiting motion pictures. Although the
theatre received an Modernistic face-lift in 1939, the auditorium is
configured exactly as it was in 1928, and much of the original
décor remains. Included as part of Capitolfest
silent film line-up is live organ accompaniment for each film, played
on our original installation, 3-manual,
10-rank Style 70 Möller
Theatre Organ. Restoration work on the organ was started in
and since then it has been used on a regular basis to accompany silent
movies. Each of the silent films will be accompanied by some
foremost exponents of authentic silent movie accompaniment.
musicians such as Avery Tunningley, Bernie Anderson,
Dr. Phillip C. Carli, Robert Israel and Dennis James have performed for
films on the
Capitol's Moller in the past. Additionally, ensembles such as
Alto Motion Picture Orchestra have graced the Capitol's orchestra pit
in accompaniment of films.
The goal of the Capitol Theatre's film
series is to not only
films, but to re-create the experience of seeing movies as when they
were new. All of the films at the Capitol are shown in 35 mm
prints on the theatre’s carbon-arc, variable-speed
prints are provided by such archives as the Library of Congress, the
UCLA Film & Television Archive, Universal Pictures, the George
Eastman House, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Sony Pictures, as well as
rarer prints from private collections. The festival's line-up
focuses on obscure films that received critical praise in their time,
but are now near-impossible to see.
14 will be held on August 12, 13, & 14, 2016.
promises to surpass its thirteen previous installments, with three days
of eclectic and critically-acclaimed programming. Each year
chooses a “tribute star,” and several of their films are showcased
throughout the weekend. Capitolfest 14
star will be Gary Cooper!
Registration for Capitolfest will be open in 2016.
A special dealer’s room will be featured in an adjacent building on the
Capitol Theatre property about 25 yards northwest of the main building
entrance. The room is well-lit, air conditioned,
on-site bathroom facilities, and convenient ground-level loading from
attendees are free to browse the dealers’ room at any time during these
hours. Other patrons who do not wish to view the films may
the dealers’ room for a $3.00 charge.
Dealer set up hours
: Thursday 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Friday after 8:00 am.Dealer room open hours
: Thursday 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm;
Sunday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.Tables
$60.00 for first table; $50.00 for second table; $40.00 for any
additional tables. So 5 tables would be
$230.00. One registration for Capitolfest
with each table.
Thursday Night Mixer
In addition, Capitolfest
will also host a Thursday night party for early-arriving festival
attendees. Times and attractions for this mixer will be
Inn & Quality Inn are within walking distance from the Capitol
Theatre; Oak and Ivy is a 10 minute walk from the Capitol, and Angel’s
Nest is approx. 15 minutes.*Special Capitolfest rate—must mention “Capitolfest” when booking room.
KING OF JAZZ
|Adirondack 13 Pine Motel||7353 River Rd.||315/337-4930||(driving time, 8 minutes)|| $60 single|
|*Angel’s Nest Bed & Breakfast||404 S. George St.||315/334-4618||(driving time, 1 minute)||(No vacancy)|
|*Beeches Paul Revere Motor Lodge||7900 North Turin Rd. (Rt. 26 North)|| 315/336-1775||(driving time, 6 minutes)||$85.95 single or double|
|*Hampton Inn ||1352 Floyd Avenue ||315/709-0000||(driving time, 8 minutes)||$159 1 king, 2 Queen|
|Hotel Oriskany (Formerly Days Inn)||5920 Airport Road, Oriskany||315/736-0100||(driving time, 12 minutes)||$75 single or double|
|*Hotel Utica||102 Lafayette St., Utica||877/906-1912||(driving time, 21 minutes)||$99 single or double|
|Microtel Verona||5118 NY State Route 365 (I-90 & Exit 33), Verona||315/363-1850||(driving time, 14 minutes)||$139 single|
|Oak & Ivy Bed and Breakfast||600 N. George St. ||315/337-3065||(driving time, 1 minute)||(No vacancy)|
|*Quality Inn ||200 S. James St.|| 315/336-4300|| (driving time, 1 minute)||$90 single or double|
|Red Carpet Inn ||799 Lawrence St.||315/339-3610||(driving time, 3 minutes)||$60 single, $75 double (2 beds)|
|*Relax Inn (Formerly Econo Lodge)||145 E. Whitesboro St. (cr. Erie Blvd./Black River Blvd.)||315/337-9400||(driving time, 1 minute) ||$74.99 single or double |
|*The Rome Motel|| 8257 N. Turin Rd. (Rt. 26 North)||315/336-4200||(driving time, 8 minutes)||$74.99 queen, $79.99-doubles|
|*Scottish Inns||5370 State Rt. 233, Westmoreland||315/853-3561||(driving time, 10 minutes)|| $55 queen, $65 2-doubles|
|*Wingate Hotel||90 Dart Circle||315/334-4244 ||(driving time, 8 minutes)||$119 double or king|
Universal's restoration of THE KING OF JAZZ will be shown at Capitolfest 14
! Unfortunately, there will be no 35mm print struck of it, so we will be running it all weekend at Cinema Capitol
the Capitol Theatre's twin cinema next door. Showtimes are
Thursday 12:00 pm, 2:30, 5:00, and 7:30; Friday 4:00, 7:30; Saturday,
1:00, 4:00, 7:30 pm; Sunday 4:00, 7:00 pm; Monday 7:30 pm. It is
not officially part of Capitolfest
so a separate admission will be charged ($7 general, $5 Capitol
Friends). We hope our patrons will find this a suitable compromise.
Festival are now on sale for
Capitolfest. The rates below reflect our pre-August 1st
discount of 10%.
||All Three Days
||Weekend Pass (Friday & Saturday or
Saturday & Sunday)
||All day Friday, Saturday OR Sunday (2 or 3
|4. Single session Registration
||Any ONE session (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday)
Purchase your tickets now!
Or, if paying via
check, fill out THIS FORM
and send it in to:
220 W. Dominick St.
Rome, NY 13440
|Friday, August 12|
12:00 pm Doomsday (Paramount, 1928)
by Rowland V. Lee. With Florence Vidor, Gary Cooper, Lawrence Grant, Charles A. Stevenson. 60
minutes. SILENT. Video presentation from the Library of Congress.
3:50 pm Dude Ranch (Paramount, 1931)Sighing
for the new worlds of comedy to conquer, Jack Oakie goes tenderfoot.
Beginning as an actor in a traveling company, he, Eugene
Pallette, and Mitzi Green are hired to entertain the bored guests at a
ranch where excitement is missing. Whereupon Mr. Oakie outdoes
the real cowboys, he has a run-in with desperadoes and comes off with
flying colors. But sweetheart June Collyer sees through his
by Frank Tuttle. With Jack Oakie, Stuart Erwin, Eugene Pallette, Mitzi Green 71
minutes. 35mm print from Universal Studios.
3:50 pm Children of Divorce (Paramount, 1927)
by Frank Lloyd. With Clara Bow, Esther Ralston, Gary Cooper. 70
minutes. SILENT. 35mm print from the Library of Congress.
|Saturday, August 13|
9:30 am The Texan (Paramount, 1930)Reuniting
Paramount favorites Gary Cooper and Fay Wray in a western that turns
into a South American romance, this filmization of "The Double-Dyed
Deceiver" will please the Cooper and Fay Wray fans alike. Cooper
plays the colorful role of The Llano Kid, who quits his native state in
haste after a shooting fray and masquerades as a missing son so
convincingly that he wins a nice little old lady's regard and the
sentimental interest of a Latin beauty (Fay Wray).
by John Cromwell. With Gary Cooper, Fay Wray, Emma Dunn, Oscar Apfel.
Based on the O. Henry story, "The Double-Dyed Deceiver." 79
minutes. 35mm print from Universal Studios.
9:30 am Eleven P. M. (Richard D. Maurice, 1926)
by Richard D. Maurice. With Richard Maurice, Sammie Fields, Wanda Maurice (all-black cast). 60
minutes. SILENT. 35mm print from Library of Congress.
4:15 pm The Poor Rich (Universal, 1934)Suddenly
poor and hilariously helpless, Edward Everett Horton and Edna May
Oliver entertain Lord and Lady Featherstone and their daughter (Thelma
Todd), who assume their hosts are wealthy. Andy Devine, village
character, becomes the chef. Leila Hyams, aluminum-ware peddler,
is pressed into service, as well as the sheriff (Grant Mitchell) as the
by Edward Sedgwick. With Edward Everett Horton, Edna May Oliver, Andy
Devine, Leila Hyams, Grant Mitchell, Thelma Todd, Una O'Conner, and E.
E. Clive. 77 minutes. 35mm print from Universal Studios.
8:00 pm Dressed to Kill (Fox, 1928)
by Irving Cummings. With Edmund Lowe, Mary Astor, Ben Bard, Bob Parry, Robert E. O'Connor.
70 minutes. SILENT. 35mm print from the Museum of Modern Art.
9:55 pm Up For Murder! (Universal, 1931)A sound remake of Man, Woman and Sin, a
young reporter (Ayres) is sent out to get a story and becomes
infatuated with the society reporter (Tobin), who also happens to be
the mistress of the editor of the paper. When the two men fight,
the editor is accidentally killed, and the reporter must prove his
by Monta Bell. With Lew Ayres, Genevieve Tobin, Purnell Pratt, Richard Tucker, Frank McHugh. 68 minutes. 35mm print from Universal Studios.
|Sunday, August 14|
9:55 am Too Much Harmony (Universal, 1933)A
singing star (Bing Crosby) brings small-town talent, including a
comedian (Jack Oakie) and an actress (Judith Allen), with him to
by Edward Sutherland. With Bing Crosby, Jack Oakie, 'Skeets' Gallagher, Judith Allen. 76 minutes. 35mm print from Universal Studios.
11:35 am While New York Sleeps (Fox, 1920)An
anthology of three dramas over the course of one evening in New York,
with separate characters in each story played in all three by Marc
MacDermott and Estelle Taylor. In one, a woman who has married
believing her first and wrothless husband has been killed finds him
returning to her for blackmail. The second part is the life of a
cabaret vamp and a detective tricking each other, while the third story
recalls a man who realizes his son's wife is cheating upon him with the
man who lives in the apartment above him.
by Charles Brabin. With Marc MacDermott, Estelle Taylor. Approximately 80 minutes. SILENT. 35mm print from the Museum of Modern Art.
2:20 pm A Man From Wyoming (Paramount, 1930)Don't
be misled by the title—what seems like it should be a western is
actually a war drama. Gary Cooper stars as Jim Baker, once a man
of the West, now enlisted in the Great War as the dashing young captain
of engineers. When society girl Patricia Hunter (June Collyer)
turned ambulance girl goes AWOL and finds herself in trouble in
No-Man's Land, Baker comes to the rescue and it's love at first sight.
by Rowland V. Lee. With Gary Cooper, June Collyer and Regis Toomey. 70 minutes. 35mm print from Universal Studios.
4:30 pm Wolf Song (First National, 1928)
by Victor Schertzinger. With Gary Cooper, Lupe Velez. SILENT. 80 minutes.
35mm print from Library of Congress.
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