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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 14:

Capitolfest 14 will be held on August 12, 13, & 14, 2016.
    Capitolfest 14 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’s star will be Gary Cooper!

    Registration for Capitolfest will be open in 2016.

Dealer Tables
    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.
    Capitolfest 14 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 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.

DEALERS: Registration form is available here.

Thursday Night Mixer
    In addition, Capitolfest will also host a Thursday night party for early-arriving festival attendees between 6:30 to 9:00 pm (RSVP is required,) as well as a dealer's room grand open from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.


Relax 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.

Adirondack 13 Pine Motel7353 River Rd.315/337-4930(driving time, 8 minutes) $60 single
*Angel’s Nest Bed & Breakfast404 S. George St.315/334-4618(driving time, 1 minute)(No vacancy)
*Beeches Paul Revere Motor Lodge7900 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, Oriskany315/736-0100(driving time, 12 minutes)$75 single or double
*Hotel Utica102 Lafayette St., Utica877/906-1912(driving time, 21 minutes)$99 single or double
Microtel Verona5118 NY State Route 365 (I-90 & Exit 33), Verona315/363-1850(driving time, 14 minutes)$139 single
Oak & Ivy Bed and Breakfast600 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 Inns5370 State Rt. 233, Westmoreland315/853-3561(driving time, 10 minutes) $55 queen, $65 2-doubles
*Wingate Hotel90 Dart Circle315/334-4244 (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%.

1. Entire show Registration All Three Days $60/$54/$38
2. Two-day Registration Weekend Pass (Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday) $49/$44/$27
3. One-day Registration All day Friday, Saturday OR Sunday (2 or 3 sessions) $29/$25/$17
4. Single session Registration Any ONE session (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) $16/$14/$10

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Capitol Theatre
Attn: Capitolfest
220 W. Dominick St.
Rome, NY 13440

Friday, August 12
Dealers Room open 9:00 am
SESSION 1 (Silent movie accompaniment by Dr. Philip C. Carli.)

11:30 am Doomsday (Paramount, 1928)
Directed by Rowland V. Lee.  With Florence Vidor, Gary Cooper, Lawrence Grant, Charles A. Stevenson.  60 minutes.  SILENT.  Video presentation from the Library of Congress.

1:00 pm Linda (Mrs. Wallace Reid/First Division, 1929)
Directed by Dorothy Davenport (Mrs. Wallace Reid.)  With Warner Baxter, Helen Foster, Noah Beery. Approximately 75 minutes.  SILENT.  35mm print from the Library of Congress.

2:15 pm Extended Intermission—Dealers Room Open
3:15 pm George Willeman Presentation on the Edison Kinetophone (1913 Edison sound films)
3:40 pm The Edison Kinetophone (introductory lecture)
5 minutes.  Video Presentation.

3:45 pm The Five Bachelors (Edison Kinetophone, 1913)
With Eddie Boulden and the Edison Quartet. 5 minutes.  Video presentation from the Library of Congress.

3:55 pm Dude Ranch (Paramount, 1931)
Directed by Frank Tuttle.  With Jack Oakie, Stuart Erwin, Eugene Pallette, Mitzi Green  71 minutes.  35mm print from Universal Studios.

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 disguise.
5:05 pm Dinner Break
SESSION 2 (Silent movie accompaniment by Avery Tunningley.)

6:50 pm Lightnin' Wins (Tenneck, 1926)
Directed by Alan James.  With Eileen Sedgwick, Lightning the Dog, Gary Cooper.  20 minutes.  SILENT. 

35mm print from the UCLA Film & Television Archives.

7:10 pm Fragment: Arizona Bound (Paramount, 1927)
With Gary Cooper.  SILENT.  Digital transfer from the Library of Congress.

7:11 pm Children of Divorce (Paramount, 1927)
Directed by Frank Lloyd.  With Clara Bow, Esther Ralston, Gary Cooper.  70 minutes.  SILENT.  35mm print from the Library of Congress.

8:40 pm Just Imagine (Fox, 1930)
Directed by David Butler.  Written by DeSilva, Brown and Henderson.  With El Brendel, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Garrick, Marjorie White, Brank Albertson, Hobart Bosworth, Mischa Auer, Joyzelle.  109 minutes. 

After being struck by lightning while playing golf in 1930, a rube (El Brendel) is revived by science in the future of 1980, where he finds adjusting to New York of fifty years into the future a difficult adjustment.  After adopting his new name of Singe-0 (names have been replaced in 1980), he helps new friend J-21 (John Garrick) win the affections of LN-18 (Maureen O'Sullivan) by taking an experimental trip to Mars!

Virtually unseen in 35mm since 1930, this musical-science-fiction-comedy has a wacky combination of Metropolis-grade special effects, songs by DeSylva, Brown & Henderson and some extremely topical depression-era humor.

Saturday, August 13
Dealers Room open 9:00 am
SESSION 3 (Silent movie accompaniment by Bernie Anderson, Jr.)

9:30 am The Texan (Paramount, 1930)
Directed 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.

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).
10:50 am Extended Intermission—Dealers Room Open

11:35 am Eleven P. M. (Richard D. Maurice, 1926)
Directed by Richard D. Maurice. With Richard Maurice, Sammie Fields, Wanda Maurice (all-black cast).  60 minutes.  SILENT.  35mm print from Library of Congress.

12:35 pm Lunch Break—Dealers Room Open

2:00 pm The Edison Minstrels (Edison Kinetophone, 1913)
With the Edison Quartet and Orchestra, Authur Housman.  6 minutes.  Video presentation from Library of Congress.

2:06 pm The Deaf Mute (Edison Kinetophone, 1913)
With the Edison Quartet and Orchestra, Authur Houseman.  6 minutes.  Video presentation from Library of Congress.

2:13 pm The Musical Blacksmiths (Edison Kinetophone, 1913)
With the Edison Quartet and Orchestra, Authur Houseman.  6 minutes.  Video presentation from Library of Congress.

2:20 pm The Dawn of Technicolor: The Talkie Era
Lecture with James Layton and David Pierce.

3:50 pm—Intermission: 15 minutes.

4:05 pm The Merry Mannequins (Columbia, 1936)
Directed by Ub Iwerks. Columbia Color Rhapsody (animated.) 7 minutes.  35mm print from a private collection.

4:15 pm The Poor Rich (Universal, 1934)
Directed 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.

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 butler.
5:45—Dinner Break.
SESSION 5 (Silent movie accompaniment by Bernie Anderson, Jr.)

7:40 pm Under the Daisies (Vitagraph, 1913)
Directed by Van Dyke Brooke. With Norma Talmadge, Van Dyke Brooke, Leo Delany. 
18 minutes.  SILENT.  35mm print from the Library of Congress.

8:00 pm Dressed to Kill (Fox, 1928)
Directed 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.

9:30—Intermission: 15 minutes

9:45 pm A Boy and His Dog (Columbia, 1936)
Directed by Arthur Davis. Columbia Color Rhapsody (animated.)  7 minutes. Dye-transfer Technicolor 35mm print from a private collection.

9:55 pm Up For Murder! (Universal, 1931)
Directed by Monta Bell. With Lew Ayres, Genevieve Tobin, Purnell Pratt, Richard Tucker, Frank McHugh.  68 minutes.  35mm print from Universal Studios.

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 innocence.
Sunday, August 14
Dealers Room Open 9:00 am
SESSION 6 (Silent movie accompaniment by Dr. Philip C. Carli.)

9:30 am Me and the Boys (BIP, 1929)
Directed by Victor Saville.  With Estelle Brody, Jack Teagarden, Ray Bauduc and Benny Goodman.  9 minutes. 35mm print from te UCLA Film & Television Archives.

9:40 am Too Much Harmony (Universal, 1933)
Directed by Edward Sutherland. With Bing Crosby, Jack Oakie, 'Skeets' Gallagher, Judith Allen.  76 minutes.  35mm print from Universal Studios.

A singing star (Bing Crosby) brings small-town talent, including a comedian (Jack Oakie) and an actress (Judith Allen), with him to Broadway.
11:05 am Extended Intermission—Dealers Room Open 30 minutes

11:35 am While New York Sleeps (Fox, 1920)
Directed by Charles Brabin. With Marc MacDermott, Estelle Taylor.  Approximately 80 minutes.  SILENT.  35mm print from the Museum of Modern Art.

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.
12:50 pm Lunch Break
SESSION 7 (Silent movie accompaniment by Dr. Philip C. Carli.)

2:05 pm Nursery Favorites (Edison Kinetophone, 1913)
With the Edison Quartet.  7 minutes.  Video presentation from Library of Congress.

2:15 pm Jack's Joke (Edison Kinetophone, 1913)
With Arthur Housman, Eddie Boulden.  7 minutes.  Video presentation from Library of Congress.

2:20 pm A Man From Wyoming (Paramount, 1930)
Directed by Rowland V. Lee. With Gary Cooper, June Collyer and Regis Toomey.  70 minutes.  35mm print from Universal Studios.

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.
3:30 pm—Intermission: 15 minutes.

3:45 pm Jack Theakston's Short Subject Follies
35mm prints from the collection of Jack Theakston.  40 minutes.

A cavalcade of shorts, trailers and snipes from your host and the master of mirth, Jack Theakston!  Sometimes weird, always wonderful, this mix of ephemera will be sure to delight you.

4:30 pm Wolf Song (First National, 1928)
Directed by Victor Schertzinger. With Gary Cooper, Lupe Velez.  SILENT.  80 minutes.
35mm print from Library of Congress.