On Thursday, October 21, Cinema Capitol will present the “Phantom Double Feature” at 7:30 PM with a condensed version of the 1925 silent movie “Phantom of the Opera” with live rock band accompaniment by the No Budget Orchestra. The second feature is the full-length 1974 Brian DePalma film “Phantom of the Paradise.” This is the third installment of the radically unique double feature series held annually at Cinema Capitol.
This year, the night begins with a 25-minute abridgment of the 1925 silent movie classic, The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney and the live music of The No Budget Orchestra (bandmembers are: Julianne Wentzkat Price, vocals, Timothy B. Parker, keyboards, Nelson Rudiak, alto saxophone, Aaron Myatt and Rick E. Lewis, guitar). This streamlined version of the original Phantom is paired with the full-length 1974 film, Phantom of the Paradise–a rock ‘n’ roll version that follows the original storyline with several serious left turns.
The condensed version of The Phantom of the Opera runs 25 minutes, approx. 1/4 of the length of the full-length feature. This new version incorporates classic scenes from the original film and adds unique live and pre-recorded music and audio, creating a new experience.
The first two Double Feature nights screened classic silent films “A Trip to the Moon” (1902, director: Georges Méliès) and a 20 minute condensed version of “Nosferatu” (1922; director: F. W. Murnau.), were accompanied by the band Jack & the Jukebox in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
This year’s second feature is the full-length film, “Phantom of the Paradise” directed by Brian DePalma, a rock-n-roll version of the original that fans of the Rocky Horror Picture Show and other camp horror films will thoroughly enjoy. While the film has similar stylistic elements, Phantom of the Paradise came out a full year before The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The movie features Wolfman Jack, Paul Williams, narrator Rod Serling, and others.
The doors open at 6 with Copper City Brewing (featuring their great locally brewed craft beer and Bloody Marys-perfect for a night in October) during a pre-screening reception in the Cinema Capitol Gallery and lobby. Tickets for the night are $10 and are available in advance at www.RomeCapitol.com.
- October 21, 2021 6:00 pm