Cinema Capitol, 230 West Dominick Street, Rome, NY, will feature the entertainment and film series “Sex & and Drugs and Rock and Roll” the first three Thursdays in May (5, 12 & 19). Each week will highlight a different subject highlighted in the series title. Movies will be preceded by a related live in person presentation; a photo gallery and speaker, a comedian and a live band performance.

Capitol Arts Complex Marketing Manager Rick E. Lewis: “For the past two years, people have been sitting at home watching streaming platforms and movies on TV. At Cinema Capitol, we are giving people the option to get out and enjoy a movie and a bit of live entertainment you can’t get at home-all for the very affordable price of $10.”

Thursday, May 5 at 7:30
Kicking off the Thursday Night Series “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll” is a screening of the documentary “Bettie Page Reveals All”, narrated by Bettie Page.

Jack Theakston, former assistant manager of the Capitol Theatre, and son of “The Bettie Pages” publisher Greg Theakston (featured in the film) will be on site to present examples of his father’s work and answer questions about the magazine and work with Bettie Page. Prior to the screening attendees can also view original gelatin silver prints of Bettie Page shot by photographer Bunny Yeager in the Cinema lobby.
Bettie Page was the most famous pinup girl of the post-World War II era, a centerfold on a million locker doors and garage walls. She was also a major influence in the fashion industry and a target of Senator Estes Kefauver’s anti-pornography investigators. During the documentary, the pinup model and cult icon recounts how her free expression overcame government witch-hunts to help launch America’s sexual revolution.

“Bettie Page Reveals All” is rated R. Running time: 102 minutes

Thursday, May 12 at 7:30
This edition of the series “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll” starts with comedian Travis Blunt at 7:30. Travis made his television debut on Kevin Hart’s “Hart of the City” on Comedy Central. Travis, a regular on the comedy festival circuit, performing in the Cleveland Comedy Festival, Baltimore Comedy Festival, and DC Comedy Festival.
Copper City Brewing will be in the lobby at Cinema Capitol starting at 6:30.

Following the comedian set is the movie “Dope”.
The movie follows a group of high-school seniors that bond over ’90s hip-hop culture, their studies and playing music in their own punk band. While at a nightclub birthday party; the scene turns violent, so they flee — unknowingly with Ecstasy in their backpack.

Dope is Rated R Running time: 103 minutes

Thursday, May 19
This third and final night of the series begins with a live music concert starting at 6:30, outside in the Capitol Courtyard followed indoors by a movie at 7:30.
The band “Simple Props” will perform music from the 80s, 90s and today outdoors in the Capitol Courtyard. Copper City Brewing will be in the courtyard starting at 6:30.
Following the band performance will be the movie “The Rolling Stones Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus”. On December 11, 1968, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, Eric Clapton, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono all performed one stage… but footage of the performances was not released until 1996! The Rolling Stones and their guests performed in a replica of a seedy big top on a British sound stage in front of an invited audience. The project was conceived by Mick Jagger as a way to promote the new record Beggars Banquet. The made for BBC TV production was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who would go on to direct the Beatles’ Let It Be documentary.
The Rolling Stones Rock ‘n’Roll Circus Running time: 66 minutes.

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