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CAPA Summer Movie Series Back in Shorter, Socially Distant Format

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At least one part of summer is going to continue for 2020! CAPA announced today that they will be hosting a shorter Summer Movie Series. Social distancing precautions will be in place. The series will once again occur at the Ohio Theatre.

“The CAPA Summer Movie Series has been a 50-year tradition at the Ohio Theatre and one of Columbus’ most-loved events,” stated CAPA President and CEO Chad Whittington in a release. “Though it will be abbreviated, we’re thrilled to reopen the Ohio Theatre with new health protocols for our annual presentation of classic movies and Clark Wilson on the “Mighty Morton” organ.”

Movies will run September 17-27 at the historic Ohio Theatre and feature seven films, including a silent film and Fright Nite Friday with Fritz, plus a Saturday morning Cartoon Capers presentation.

Tickets are $6 per person, per show and must be pre-purchased. Each show will have a limit of 300 tickets. No strips will be sold this year. Doors will open 35 minutes prior to each showing. Patrons must follow CAPA’s COVID-19 guidelines.

The season opens on Thursday, September 17, 2020 with a showing of Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief (1955).

Movies and showtimes for the 2020 CAPA Summer Movie Series:

Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief (1955)
Thursday, September 17, 7:30 pm

SERIES PREMIERE! Gremlins (1984)
Rated PG
Friday, September 18, 7:30 pm

Cartoon Capers
Saturday, September 19, 10 am

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Saturday, September 19, 7:30 pm

Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Sunday, September 20, 2 pm

The Kid Brother (1927)
Friday, September 25, 7:30pm

The Sting (1973)
Rated PG
Saturday, September 26, 7:30 pm

Glory (1989)
Rated R
Sunday, September 27, 2 pm

While the series will provide revenue for CAPA, in a letter to subscribers on September 9, Whittington stated that the reopening restrictions are not going to immediately change the dire financial situation many arts organizations are experiencing.

“The reality is that even if all restrictions were lifted tomorrow, it would be some time before most of our audience will feel comfortable returning in large capacities,” he said. “There is no immediate fix for live arts and entertainment. We need a financial lifeline to ensure we will again have a thriving arts community in central Ohio once COVID-19 is under control.”

Related: Ohio’s Performing Arts Faced Industry Declines and Now Tough Reopening Limits

The Save Our Stages Act was introduced in Congress on July 22, 2020, which would “provide Small Business Administration grants for independent live music venue operators affected by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.” It would provide six months of financial support. Recently both Ohio Senators Brown and Portman agreed to co-sponsor the bill. To add your voice of support, visit saveourstages.com.

The Ohio Theatre is located at 39 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215. For more information and for tickets, visit capa.com.

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