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220 W. Dominick St., Rome, NY, 13440

About Capitolfest:

    Capitolfest 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 are 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 there should be time to savor the films, thus our slogan, “A vacation, not a marathon.”
   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's 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 2002, 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 of the world’s foremost exponents of authentic silent movie accompaniment.  Eminent 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 the Mont 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 showcase vintage 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 projectors.  Capitolfest 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.

Capitolfest 13:

Capitolfest 13 will be held on August 7, 8, & 9 2015

    Capitolfest 13 promises to surpass its twelve 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 13’s star will be Nancy Carroll, star of Paramount Pictures!

    Registration is now open for Capitolfest.  The following registration rates represent a pre-August 1 10% discount.

                                                                                                                                                       Adults/Capitol Friends/Children (12 & Under)
Entire show Registration                                All three days                                                              $55/$49/$33

Weekend Registration                                   Saturday & Sunday, All 5 Sessions                              $45/$39/$23
(Friday & Saturday registration also available)      

One-day Registration                                    All day Fri., Sat. OR Sunday (2 or 3 Sessions)            $26/$22/$14
(Friday, Saturday, or Sunday)

Single session Registration:                            Any ONE Session (Either Fri., Sat., or Sun.)               $14/$12/$8
    Session 1 (Friday, 11:30 am to 4:45 pm)
    Session 2 (Friday, 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm)
    Session 3 (Saturday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm)
    Session 4 (Saturday, 1:45 pm to 6:25 pm)
    Session 5 (Saturday, 8:15 pm to 11:35 pm)
    Session 6 (Sunday, 9:30 am to 12:45 pm)
    Session 7 (Sunday,  1:45 pm to 5:45 pm)

Hotel Rates
    The following are rates for local hotels.

HotelAddresssPhone NumberRate
The Beeches7900 Turin Rd, Rome, NY 13440(315) 336-1775$89.95+tax, Queen Bed
Econo Lodge145 E Whitesboro St, Rome, NY 13440(315) 337-9400$79.99+tax
Quality Inn200 S James St, Rome, NY 13440(315) 336-4300 $89.95+tax
Hotel Utica102 Lafayette St, Utica, NY 13502(315) 724-7829$89.00+tax
Wingate By Wyndham90 Dart Cir, Rome, NY 13441(315) 334-4244$119.00 (Rooms available for the 7th and 9th only)
Red Carpet Inn799 Lawrence St, Rome, NY 13440(315) 339-3610$60 single. $75 two beds
Rome Hotel8257 Turin Rd, Rome, NY 13440(315) 336-4200$55 full, $65 queen, $75 two beds
Scottish Inns5370 State Rte 233, Rome, NY 13440(315) 557-6935$55 for one bed, $65 two beds
Hampton Inn1352 Floyd Ave, Rome, NY 13440(315) 709-0000$159 per night (rate good until July 7)

Dealer Tables
    Since the grand finale of the Syracuse Cinefest, we have received numerous requests to add a dealers’ room to our annual Rome Capitolfest.  We are pleased to announce that we have decided to do so at Capitolfest 13,  August 7, 8 & 9, 2015.
    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, has on-site bathroom facilities, and convenient ground-level loading from three doors.
Dealer’s Room Hours:
Friday, August 7, 9:00 am-7:00 pm;
Saturday, August 8, 9:00 am-8:30 pm;
Sunday, August 9, 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Capitolfest 13 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 visit the dealers’ room for a $3.00 charge.

Dealer Tables
    Since the grand finale of the Syracuse Cinefest, we have received numerous requests to add a dealers’ room to our annual Rome Capitolfest.  We are pleased to announce that we have decided to do so at Capitolfest 13,  August 7, 8 & 9, 2015.

Thursday Night Mixer
    In addition, Capitolfest will also host a Thursday night party for early-arriving festival attendees.  This mixer will start at 6:00 pm in the Capitol Theatre building, and at 10:00 pm.  During this time, we have schedule two shows at Cinema Capitol, the Capitol Theatre’s new screening room, located at 234 W. Dominick St., next door to the Capitol Theatre Building. Film archivist Eric Grayson will present 90 minutes of rare and unusual shorts.  The two showtimes for this are 6:30 and 8:30 pm. The party is open to the public and unlimited, but seating for the screening is limited and requires an RSVP.  Patrons may RSVP by phoning (315) 337-6453.

Friday, August 7
Session #1
(Silent movie accompaniment by Dr. Philip C. Carli)
11:30 am Bobby's Day Out (Anchor/Rayart, 1926)
Directed by Bobby Feuhrer (Bobby Ray)
with Bobby Ray, Frank Coleman
Approx. 18 minutes/Silent with organ accompaniment/Black & White

Part of Anchor's series of two-reel Bobby Ray comedies, this rare entry is sure to be full of speed and suspense.
11:50 am The Flying Ace (Norman, 1926)
Directed by Richard E. Norman;
with Laurence Criner, Kathryn Boyd, Boise De Legge, Harold Platts
Approx. 60 minutes/Silent with organ accompaniment/Black & White

Made by the un-prestigious Norman Studios with an all-black cast, The Flying Ace concerns a pilot who returns from the World War a hero of aviation, and returns to his job as a railroad detective.  He is immediately thrown into a case involving a theft of $25,000 and a missing employee, leading to a series of perilous adventures.  Although obviously shot on a limited budget, reportedly The Flying Ace is a fast-moving and compelling action melodrama.
12:55 pm Intermission
1:10 pm The Border Legion (Paramount, 1930)
Directed by Otto Brower & Edwin H. Knopf; Based on a novel by Zane Grey
with Richard Arlen, Fay Wray, Jack Holt, Eugene Pallette
68 minutes/Western Electric Sound/Black & White

Zane Gray’s famous novel concerns a young man (Richard Arlen) who is saved from hanging by the leader of a notorious gang of criminals (Jack Holt).  In gratitude the hero joins the gang, but he soon finds himself at loggerheads with their activities.  Fay Wray is the love interest, and Stanley Fields is a particularly despicable villain.
“Richard Arlen, Jack Holt, Fay Wray and Eugene Pallette in a strong, rousing picturization of a Zane Gray yarn—what more do western addicts want?  It’s good to see Jack in one of his familiar roles again, and Dick is appealing—but Pallette and Stanley Fields share their honors.”—Delight Evans, Screenland, 10/1930

“Of all the talking Western melodramas that have so far been produced, few can equal The Border Legion in fast action and realistic acting.  It is a virile melodrama of the days immediately following the civil war, when the West was infested with bands of criminals who had escaped from the East to escape paying the penalty of their criminal acts.  There is fast action all the way through, which sound [makes] true to life.  The scene of the last attack by the Border Legion on a small town…is thrilling.”—Harrison’s Reports, 7/5/30
2:20 pm The Air Mail (Paramount, 1925)
Directed by Irvin Willat
with Warner Baxter, Billie Dove, Mary Brian, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
45 minutes/Silent with Organ Accompaniment/Black & White

A high-flying story of thrilling adventures in the government air service.

Many of the exteriors seein in The Air Mail were shot in the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada, and many of that town's famous structures can be seen.  The 35mm Library of Congress preservation we will be presenting is of a 4-reel abridgement, which appears to be all that survives.
3:05 pm Intermission (15 minutes)
3:20 pm Hearst Metrotone News (1929)
10 minutes/Western Electric Sound/Black & White

Volume 1, Issue 220.  News of the day, released December 7, 1929.
3:30 pm The Talk of Hollywood (Prudence/Sono-Art, 1929)
Directed by Mark Sandrich
with Nat Carr, Fay Marbe, Hope Sutherland, Sherling Oliver
71 minutes/RCA Photophone Sound/Black & White

Silent movie producer J. Pierpoint Ginsburg (Nat Carr) has held off making a talking picture, but after much pressure, much make his first all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing production.  This comedic  look at the hassles of coverting to sound production preceded Singin' in the Rain by over two decades.
4:45 pm Dinner Break
Session #2
(Silent movie accompaniment by Bernie Anderson, Jr.)
6:30 pm Koko Nuts (Red Seal,1925)
Directed by Dave Fleischer
with Koko the Clown
8 minutes/Silent with organ accompaniment/Black & White

6:40 pm The Shopworn Angel (Paramount, 1928)
Directed by Richard Wallace
with Nancy Carroll, Gary Cooper, Paul Lukas, Roscoe Karns
70 minutes/Silent with organ accompaniment/Black & White

8:00 pm Intermission (10 minutes)
8:10 pm Million Dollar Ransom (Universal, 1934)
Directed by Murray Roth
with Phillips Holmes, Edward Arnold, Mary Carlisle, Wini Shaw, Andy Devine
70 minutes/Western Electric Sound/Black & White

Based on the Cosmopolitan Magazine story "Ransom, One Million Dollars" by Damon Runyon, Universal's screen adaptaion features Edward Arnold as an ex-bootlegger who gets into the kidnapping business with unexpected results!

"Mr. Arnold is an actor of extraordinary conviction, and his portrait of the well-intentioned gang boss is distinguished by its vigor and credibility." —The New York Times
9:20 pm Intermission (15 minutes)
9:35 pm Love Me Tonight (Paramount, 1932)
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
with Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Charles Ruggles, Charles Butterworth, Myrna Loy, C. Aubrey Smith.  Songs by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
96 minutes/Western Electric Sound/Black & White

In this year’s Capitolfest “war horse,” Paris tailor Maurice Chevalier falls in love with princess Jeanette MacDonald in  Rouben Mamoulian’s wildly imaginative musical (songs by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart) with songs such as “Mimi,” “Isn’t It Romantic?” and others.
“One of the best musicals ever made. ****” —Leonard Maltin’s Movie & Video Guide
Saturday, August 8
Session #3
(Silent movie accompaniment by Bernie Anderson, Jr.)
9:30 am The Way of All Pests (Columbia, 1941)
Directed by Arthur Davis
8 minutes/RCA Mirrorphonic Sound/Technicolor
9:40 am The Devil’s Holiday (Paramount, 1930)
Directed by Edmund Goulding
with Nancy Carroll, Phillips Holmes, James Kirkwood, Hobart Bosworth
80 minutes/Western Electric Sound/Black & White

Nancy Carroll received her only Oscar nomination for her performance of the calculating manicurist who plays upon the innocence of Phillips Holmes in this Edmund Goulding production.
“…a little masterpiece—an original story directed by a man who has grown up with the movies, Edmund Goulding is his name….He has everything a director needs: imagination, poetry, humor, intuition, good taste….His story of the charming, innocent boy in the clutches of a mercenary manicurist is surprisingly absorbing, touching, and tender.  Nancy is a revelation: no longer a musical comedy cutie, but an actress.  Hobart Bosworth is splendid.  Ned Sparks and Zasu Pitts are legitimately funny.  You must not miss this.” —Delight Evans, Screenland, 8/1930
11:20 am Cartoons on the Beach (Edison, 1915)
Directed by Raoul Barre
With Ethel Clayton, Jack Holt, Clyde Fillmore, Clarence Geldart
Approx. 10 minutes/Silent with organ accompaniment/Black & White
11:30 am Crooked Streets (Paramount, 1920)
Directed by Paul Powell
With Ethel Clayton, Jack Holt, Clyde Fillmore, Clarence Geldart
Approx. 65 minutes/Silent with organ accompaniment/Black & White

A secretary (Ethel Clayton) takes a job as a secretary to an alleged dealer of antiques, who turns out to be an opium smuggler.
12:35 pm Lunch Break
Session #4
1:45 pm Skinner Steps Out (Universal, 1929)
Directed by William James Craft
with Glen Tryon, Myrna Kennedy, E.J. Ratcliffe, Burr McIntosh
73 minutes/Western Electric Sound/Black & White

Henry Irving Dodge’s Skinner’s Dress Suit was the basis this early talkie, in which Skinner (Glen Tryon) is a cashier working for a large company.  He is too timid to ask for a raise, despite his wife’s urgings.  When he finally does ask for a salary increase, he is told his services are no longer required.  He keeps the situation from his wife, who believes he was successful in gaining his raise, and his bluffing eventually leads to extraordinary complications.
“This tale of a young man's adventures as a bluffer in social and business life presents several farcical incidents that provoked much laughter at the theatre yesterday. Mr. Tryon seems more enjoyable in his lighter moods than when he portrays a serious young man. His facial caricatures help the fun, and although the Skinner plot is by now familiar material, it still possesses a romantic freshness.” —New York Times, 12/7/29

“A good entertainment.” –Harrison’s Reports, 12/14/29
2:55 pm Intermission (15 minutes)
Special Presentation:
3:10 pm THE DAWN OF TECHNICOLOR: The Silent Era

James Layton and David Pierce (authors of "The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935") illustrate Technicolor’s origins during the silent film era in this special presentation. Before Technicolor achieved success in the 1930s, the company had to overcome countless technical challenges and convince cost-conscious producers that color was worth the extra difficulty and expense. Rare photographs from the Technicolor corporate archive and extracts from rarely seen films chart the development of Technicolor’s early two-color process and the films that established the company’s reputation. Highlights include behind-the-scenes accounts of The Gulf Between (1917), Ben-Hur (1925), The Black Pirate (1926), and the troubled production of The Mysterious Island (1929).
4:50 pm Intermission (15 minutes)
4:50 pm Follow Thru (Paramount, 1930)
Directed by Lloyd Corrigan and Laurence Schwab
with Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Nancy Carroll, Zelma O'Neal, Jack Haley, Eugene Pallette, Thelma Todd
92 minutes/Western Electric Sound/2-Color Technicolor

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!  Our most-requested repeat title returns to celebrate both star-of-the-year Nancy Carroll and the 100th anniversary of Technicolor!

Buddy Rogers is a golf instructor who falls for his pupil (Nancy Carroll) in the movie version of Schwab and Mandel's Broadway hit of 1929, with songs by DeSylva, Brown, and Henderson.  In addition to Rogers and Capitolfest tribute star Nancy Carroll, the movie features Zelma O’Neal and Jack Haley from the original stage cast, plus festival favorites Eugene Pallette and Thelma Todd, and toe-tapping DeSylva, Brown and Henderson songs ("Button Up Your Overcoat," "I Want to be Bad").

Presented in a stunningly-restored 35mm print made from the original camera negative by the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
6:40 pm Dinner Break
Session #5
(Silent movie accompaniment by Avery Tunningley)
8:25 pm Dumb-Belles (Nathan, 1927)
Directed by Al Nathan
with Victor Portel, Marta Golden, Fred Cummings, Madelynne Fields
20 minutes/Silent with organ accompaniment/Black & White

This extremely rare Al Nathan two-reel comedy features the Sunkist Beauties.

8:45 pm Ramona (Inspiration/United Artists, 1928)
Directed by Edwin Carewe
with Dolores del Rio, Warner Baxter, Roland Drew, Vera Lewis
82 minutes/Silent with organ accompaniment/Black & White
10:25 pm Intermission (15 minutes)
10:40 pm Cinderella Goes to a Party (Columbia, 1942)
Directed by Alec Geiss
8 minutes/RCA Mirrorphonic Sound/Technicolor

In this streamlined version of the popular fairy tale, the god-mother sends Cinderella to a U.S.O. ball.  Her means of conveyance is an Army B-19 airplane which is made from aluminum pots and pans!
10:45 pm Silence (Paramount, 1931)
Directed by Louis J. Gasnier and Max Marcin
with Clive Brook, Marjorie Rambeau, Peggy Shannon, Charles Starrett and John Wray
60 minutes/Western Electric Sound/Black & White

The grim, realistic drama about a crook hero who faces execution rather than reveal that his daughter committed murder.
Sunday, August 9
Session #6
(Silent movie accompaniment by Dr. Philip C. Carli)
9:30 am The Family Ford (Warner Bros., 1929)
Directed by Murray Roth
with Jim Harkins, Marian Harkins, Hope Eden, Mary Dolan, Joe Kavanaugh, and Harry Lester
10 minutes/Vitaphone Sound/Black & White

Vitaphone #790
9:40 am Illusion (Paramount, 1929)
Directed by Lothar Mendes
with Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Nancy Carroll, June Collyer, Kay Frances, Regis Toomey
84 minutes/Western Electric Sound/Black & White

Charles “Buddy” Rogers is a good-natured vaudeville magician and Nancy Carroll his assistant who adores him, but when he becomes infatuated with June Collyer, Nancy takes up with another man—though she still pines for Buddy.  Songs include “When the Real Thing Comes Your Way” and “Revolutionary Rhythm.”
“Featured pair make a very likable team, with youth, appearance and a talent for naturalness….Supporting players are good….A cleanly handled job [by director Lothar Mendes].” —Bang., Variety, 10/2/1929
11:05 am Intermission (15 minutes)
11:20 am Blue Jeans (Metro, 1917)
Directed by John H. Collins
with Viola Dana, Robert Walker, Sally Crute, Clifford Bruce, Russell Simpson, Margaret McWade
Approx.98 minutes/Silent with organ accompaniment/Black & White

Joseph Arthur’s famous 1890 melodrama was made fresh and compelling in the hands of master director John H. Collins.  The story of small-town life and political intrigue, climaxing with the legendary saw mill buzz saw sequence (excerpted in the Brownlow-Gill Hollywood documentary) provided an exceptional vehicle for Collins’ wife, Viola Dana.

Blue Jeans is an especially stunning film since it invades Griffith’s Way Down East territory of rural melodrama several years before Griffith did….Collins’ unerring sense of place and people, the perfectly selected rural locations, and the absolutely ‘right’ faces, was quite remarkable.” —William K. Everson, American Silent Film
12:30 pm Lunch Break
Session #7
(Silent movie accompaniment by Dr. Philip C. Carli)
1:35 pm Mr. Bride (Hal Roach, 1932)
Directed by James Parrott
with Charley Chase, Muriel Evans, Dell Henderson
18 minutes/Western Electric Sound/Black & White

Charley Chase is hilarious in this Hal Roach comedy as the assistant who is forced to pose as a bride on a ficticious honeymoon on which his boss embarks so that he will be prepared when the real thing happens.  Chase is consequently thrown into various awkward situations, being in every case the butt of the joke!
1:55 pm Under-Cover Man (Paramount, 1932)
Directed by James Flood
with George Raft, Nancy Carroll, Lew Cody, Roscoe Karns
68 minutes/Western Electric Sound/Black & White

George Raft turns stool-pigeon to avenge the death of his father by a gang of racketeers.  Nancy Carroll, whose brother met the same fate, teams up with Raft—and what a team they turn out to be!  Their scheming and plotting—Nancy's vamping of the "master mind" (Lew Cody) and unconsciously giving awat the works all make for a tense, fast-moving drama.
3:05 am Intermission (15 minutes)

3:20 pm Jack Theakston's Short Subject Follies 

A cavalcade of trailers, shorts, snipes and more!  Always unusual, and always entertaining,
Oh, Mary, Be Careful! (Pioneer, 1921)
Directed by Arthur Ashley
with Madge Kennedy, George J. Forth, George Stevens, Bernard Thornton, and Marguerite Marsh
Approx. 50 minutes/Silent with organ accompaniment/Black & White

Shot in 1917 but not released until four years later, Oh, Mary, Be Careful is, in the words of Pete Harrison (Harrison's Reports), "A pleasing comedy-romance of the light sort." Expelled from college for her semi-innocent flirtations, Mary (Madge Kennedy) is sent to live with her old maid aunt to be "reformed."

The Dixie Flier (Trem Carr/Rayart, 1926)
Directed by Charles J. Hunt
with Cullen Landis, Eva Novak, Ferdinand Munier
Approx. 60 minutes/Silent with organ accompaniment/Black & White