“Forgotten Hollywood”- The East Coast Version of Cinecon…

Posted on March 5, 2014 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   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 cinema house. Set in the small upstate New York city of Rome, it’s regarded by attendees from the US, Canada, and Europe as the movie lover’s dream vacation. The weekend fest starts late Friday morning, and ends early on Sunday evening in August.


   The goal of the Capitol Theatre film series is to re-create the experience of seeing movies as folks did during Hollywood’s Golden Age. 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 the Library of CongressGeorge Eastman HouseUCLA Film & Television Archive, Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers 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 find.

powellcolor   Capitolfest 12 promises to surpass its eleven previous installments, with three days of eclectic and critically-acclaimed programming. Each year, they choose a tribute star, and several related films are showcased throughout the weekend. The featured star is William Powell ——->  debonair leading man in talkies, and suave villain of the silent era. Some of his rare motion pictures scheduled include Ladies’ Man, Pointed Heels, and Shadow of the Law. Also on tap… the wonderful Roman Scandals, with Eddie Cantor.

   Capitolfest 12 is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For more info, click on the link below:


   lostworld1   wizard1

   Other screenings planned in 2014 at the Capitol Theatre: The 1925 silent screen classic, The Lost World on April 12th; and 75th anniversary celebration of The Wizard of Oz on May 16th and 17th.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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